Diagnostic Reading #38: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

Carestream LogoIt’s time for a new edition of Diagnostic Reading. This week’s articles focuses on unnecessary CT scans to evaluate TBIs, the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis, encrypted data in the EHR, ICD-10, and patient management duties of Radiologist Assistants.

1) Sports-related Head Injuries Spur Avalanche of CT Scans – AuntMinnie

According to a new report in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, emergency department admissions for sports-related head injuries have skyrocketed in recent years — and so have unnecessary CT scans to evaluate them. More than half received CT scans, but only 4% were serious enough to count as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

2) DBT Boosts Mammo’s Specificity, Lowers Recall Rate – AuntMinnie

According to a new study published in Radiology, adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to conventional mammography boosted the specificity of breast screening and cut the recall of women with benign lesions by more than half. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. found that adding DBT to mammography improved specificity by about 20% across subgroups of patients with different types of breast density, dominant radiologic features, and age.

3) Is it Time to Encrypt Data Even Inside the EHR? Maybe So – Healthcare Informatics

In an opening keynote address, Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, laid out in the clearest possible terms for his audience of IT executives the growing cybersecurity dangers threatening patient care organizations. Among the key areas of concern he had discussed were “increased reliance”; “insider abuse”; “questionable supply chains”; “device-facilitated threats”; “malware”; “mobility”: “identity theft and fraud”; “theft and losses”; “hacking and cyber-criminality”; “challenges emerging out of intensified compliance demands”; and a shortage of chief information security officers, or CISOs.

4) Brace for Impact: ICD-10 Will Keep Radiologists Busy – Radiology Business Journal

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists should expect a 6-fold increase in the number of codes they use, as they convert from ICD-9 codes to ICD-10. The transition from more than 14,000 codes to almost 70,000 will have an “enormous technological, operational and financial impact,” according to study’s authors.

5) Study: RAs Oversee Substantial Patient Management Duties – Axis Imaging News

Findings from the Radiologist Assistant Practice Survey 2015, conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, indicated that weekly responsibilities include reviewing patients’ medical records, verifying the appropriateness of exams, and advocating for patient radiation safety and protection.

A Closer Look at Carestream’s New Fluoroscopy Systems

Last week marked another important milestone for Carestream as we entered into the radiography/fluoroscopy market. The new systems, DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus are now available for orders worldwide, and we also were displaying information in our booth at AHRA 2015.

A big advantage of the Remote Fluoroscopy system is that it allows a facility to maximize their utilization of the room because of the systems capability to do not only fluoroscopy but also general radiology.

These new systems from Carestream can enhance workflow and perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.

Below are the product details for each of the systems.

DRX-Excel Plus Features:

  • Extensive SID capability exceeds competitors, acquiring images at any distance between 110 to 180cm
  • Table features a 265kg weight capacity with NO limitations on movements
  • +/- 90 degree tilting to enable all exam types
  • Table lowers to 48cm (19inches) making it easily accessible for wheelchair patients
  • Full system access from every side for easier patient transfer and exam versatility
  • Fully motorized, easy-to-use compression for abdominal and other exams
  • Control system operation remotely, or right at patient’s side
  • Motorized movement of tube and column maximizes speed and convenience
  • Offered with either an Image Intensifier* with high resolution CCD camera that maximizes image quality during fluoroscopy or a Flat Panel Detector that offers high image quality for either fluoroscopy or general radiology images
  • Auto positioning, as a function of extensive anatomical programs, facilitates faster exam set-up times
  • Patient overage of 201cm allows full exploration of even very tall individuals without repositioning
  • Relaxing ambient lighting and selectable music maximize patient comfort
  • DAP measurements allow tracking of the exact radiation dose received by each patient
  • Optional DRX-1 detector offers the power of the X-Factor and allows easy positioning for cross-table and weight-bearing exams

 * DRX-Excel Plus with Image Intensifier is not available in the U.S.

DRX-Excel Features that differ from the DRX-Excel Plus:

  • Extensive SID capability exceeds competitors, acquiring images at any distance between 110 to 180cm
  • Table features a 200kg weight capacity to accommodate heavier patients with NO limitation to movements
  • +90/- 30 degree tilting to enable all exam types
  • Table offers the lowest fixed-table minimal height of 79cm (31inches) in the industry making it accessible, even for wheelchair patients
  • Patient overage of 196cm allows full exploration of even very tall individuals without repositioning
  • Offered with either an Image Intensifier* with high resolution CCD camera that maximizes image quality during fluoroscopy or a Flat Panel Detector that offers high image quality for either fluoroscopy or general radiology images
  • Auto positioning, as a function of extensive anatomical programs, facilitates faster exam set-up times
  • Relaxing ambient lighting and selectable music maximize patient comfort
  • DAP measurements allow tracking of the exact radiation dose received by each patient
  • Optional DRX-1 detector offers the power of the X-Factor and allows easy positioning for cross-table and weight-bearing exams

 * DRX-Excel is not available in the U.S.



Heidi McIntosh, CarestreamHeidi McIntosh is the X-ray solutions marketing manager for Carestream.

What is ISO 27001 Certification and Why is it Important?

Carestream Vue CloudCarestream recently received ISO 27001 Certification in Europe. We are happy to share that this is an important accomplishment for our Healthcare Information Solutions team, as it is a vital benefit to the customers we serve.

Even if ISO Certification is something you may not hear about often in the IT space, it plays a crucial role in assuring cloud customers that their data are safe, secure, and accessible. In the following paragraphs, I will explain what ISO 27001 certification is, why it is important for cloud vendors to obtain it, and most importantly, what it means for customers to work with ISO certified vendors:

What are the benefits of ISO 27001 certification?

  • Security risks are appropriately prioritized and cost effectively managed
  • It increases confidence in our Organization as it shows we care for our customer business, and we are committed to protect patient data they entrust to us
  • It demonstrates commitment to Information Security Management to third parties and stakeholders and will give them greater confidence to interact with us
  • It provides a framework to ensure fulfillment of our commercial, contractual and legal responsibilities

What are the important business value considerations facilities should be aware of?

  • This is our commitment to information security management for interested parties verified by BSI, a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • It protects our business against information security threats and vulnerabilities
  • ISO 27001 is becoming a customer requirement in many European countries
  • It therefore provides added value to the enterprise and its interested parties

What actions were needed for Carestream to obtain ISO certification?

We had to enhance our ISMS (Information Security Management System), which is a set of procedures, working instructions, dashboards files, reports, and documents that all together define our way to manage information security for the Vue Cloud business in Europe. The ISMS preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying a risk management process and gives confidence to interested parties that risks are adequately managed.

Why is Carestream given a certificate?

This is the assurance/confidence that the ISMS (Information Security Management System) is:

  • Compliant with ISO 27001 requirements
  • Capable to achieve the security policy and objectives declared by enterprise, according to its Information Security Policy and the associated Statement of Applicability.
  • Efficient, and designed as continuous improvement
  • Delivered by BSI, an independent body based on his audit of the ISMS

Who was involved in these actions?

All HCIS functions were involved in the Vue Cloud business for the selected countries, and more specifically European HCIS managers, cloud operation managers, local HCIS service teams and, the EAMER Vue Cloud Security Officer.

What exactly does certification cover?

It covers our ability to manage information security in our Vue Cloud business, according to our Vue Cloud Information Security Policy document.

This document states the commitment of the top management to the strategic importance of the information security management system (ISMS) and lists the main security objectives for HCIS.

What areas does it cover?

It covers the management of information security for the countries in which Carestream has Vue Cloud business,

Note that it is much more than just technical activities; it also concerns all service activities (implementation and support) as well as support functions, like HR, regulatory, purchasing, and IT infrastructure. It also lists who are the internal and external interested parties.

How will it improve Vue Cloud?

It improves our information technology and security techniques, by implementing recommendations of ISO 27002, Code of Practice for Information Security Controls.

What are the benefits to Carestream?

Implementing the security controls defined as good practice in the ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 standards, allows to better detecting weaknesses or vulnerabilities and fix them. It also helps to answer many security questions asked by customers.

What are the benefits to customers?

It proves to our customers that our ISMS has been controlled by an external auditor (here BSI), making them confident in our ability to manage the service and to handle patient data in a secured way. We are then already prepared when this certification becomes a prerequisite for some tenders.

Jean-Jacques GrondinJean-Jacques (JJ) Grondin is Carestream’s Vue Cloud Security Officer for Europe


Diagnostic Reading #37: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

Carestream LogoTime for another edition of Diagnostic Reading. This week’s articles focus on enterprise archiving, mobile access to patient data, radiation’s effect on breast cancer, radiation reduction, and clinical decision support.

1) Archiving and the Enterprise – Radiology Today

Traditionally, data backup and disaster recovery were part of an imaging department’s PACS. As a result, business continuity and disaster recovery tended to be compatible exclusively with that PACS. Fast-forward to 2015 and the need to share and access data across departments has grown exponentially. Today, many imaging departments, especially larger ones, are finding that their PACS-based disaster recovery solutions are no longer sufficient.

2) Survey: Docs Going Mobile to Access Patient Data – Healthcare Informatics

More than half of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device, according to a new survey from Black Book Market Research. The survey also revealed that 70 percent of all clinicians indicated they aim to use mobile EHR devices and software by the end of 2015.

3) Additional Radiation Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients – Imaging Technology News (ITN)

A study has found no increase in overall survival but a reduction in breast cancer recurrence when the lymph nodes receive additional radiation beyond the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery. The research, which examined the addition of regional nodal irradiation to whole-breast irradiation compared with whole-breast irradiation alone, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

4) AHRA: Reducing Radiation Is Simple But Not Easy – AuntMinnie

“Radiation management is becoming more complex,” presenter Robert Pizzutiello of Landauer Medical Physics told AHRA attendees. “Advanced imaging and treatment choices, healthcare consolidation, and tougher regulations and standards are raising the bar for radiation safety. But it is possible to manage dose successfully, especially through a team approach.”

5) AHRA: Is Clinical Decision Support a Blessing or Curse? – AuntMinnie

Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It’s not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Diagnostic Reading #36: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

Carestream LogoTime for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. This week, we will be focusing on mammography radiation dose, the appropriateness of ordering certain imaging exams, the U.S. House of Representatives passing the 21st Century Cures Act, pain points of big data, and a clinical decision support learning network.

1) AAPM: Mammo Radiation Dose 30% Lower Than Thought – AuntMinnie

Women receive about 30% less radiation during screening mammography than has long been assumed, which suggests that the “harm” of radiation dose in mammography also has been overestimated, according to research presented on July 15 at the 2015 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Anaheim, CA.

2) JACR: Radiologists Order CT, MR Exams Appropriately – AuntMinnie

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists are making good use of all available prior imaging before recommending additional exams, and they aren’t ordering many unnecessary exams. These findings relate to CT and MR exams.

3) House Passes 21st Century Cures Act to Improve U.S. Medical Innovation – Imaging Technology News

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the 21st Century Cures Act, designed to improve the U.S. healthcare innovation infrastructure. The bill calls for providing resources to researchers working on next-generation medical devices and therapies. The legislation is aimed at addressing concerns that U.S. healthcare innovation is lagging behind the rest of the world due to large amounts of time-consuming and expensive regulatory oversight requirements that some feel are stifling innovation and the ability of startup companies to bring new products to market.

4) 7 Pain Points of Big Data – Healthcare IT News

A new report by the BPI Network, “Accelerate How You Innovate: Data Center Evolution in the Era of the Cloud,” examines how organizations are adapting to a new model of business-responsive data centers and networks. Based on this, healthcare IT directors are looking a seven pain points that will need to be addressed as they evolve.

5) Feds Look to Fund Clinical Decision Support ‘Learning Network’ – Health Imaging

The PCOR CDS Learning Network will have three primary objectives: 1) “Engage clinicians, patients, professional associations, health IT developers and other stakeholders who can help promote the incorporation of PCOR findings into clinical practice through CDS; 2) “Identify barriers and facilitators to the use of CDS as a means to disseminate and to implement PCOR findings in clinical practice; and 3) “Provide consensus-based recommendations to the field of CDS developers, CDS implementers, and other stakeholders about CDS design and implementation best practices.”

Seven AHRA Sessions to Add to Your Agenda

AHRA 2015AHRA 2015 will be kicking off in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 19.

While there are many worthwhile sessions to attend throughout the four-day annual meeting, below are seven I would like highlight. I will also be blogging throughout the event, so please check back on Everything Rad for details and key takeaways about these sessions. You can go to the AHRA website to view the full schedule of sessions.

Monday, July 20 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Grand Opening Ceremony and Keynote: Uncrapify Your Life!

Opening keynote Jeff Havens will teach you how to:

  • Avoid negative and unproductive conversations.
  • Easily implement no-cost communication strategies that will immediately create positive change in your team dynamic.
  • Appreciate the importance of small things when it comes to delivering outstanding customer service or creating a healthy corporate culture.
  • Think about change in a new way that will significantly relieve any concern or tension regarding existing or upcoming changes in your organization.

Monday – 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Breakout Session: Strategic Planning: Turning Strategy into Reality – Julie Henry, MBA, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA

Henry’s presentation will outline the components of impactful strategy, setting objectives, assessing current state, identifying future models of care, and designing a project charter to accomplish goals. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the purpose of strategic planning and how it serves as a roadmap to success.
  • Develop a strategic plan that is actionable, measurable, has clear goals and objectives & aligned with institutional priorities.
  • Formulate a plan that translates strategy from creation to implementation.

Monday – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Breakout Session: “The Eyes Have It,” EVERYTHING Is an Image – Shawn McKenzie, MPA
Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, Roseville, CA

McKenzie’s session will describe in detail the premise that all data is visible and that imaging plays a major contributing role to the enterprise. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Recognize the new and emerging role and use factor of “enterprise medical imaging.” This course will define medical imaging in a much greater context than the standard (Radiology, Cardiology) where anatomical medical images are the norm.
  • Define how technologies such as Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Clinical Viewers have emerged from the “imaging” space and describe how these technologies, when deployed, can consolidate “images” and “visible objects”
  • Define the use factor, and perhaps debunk the idea that the EHR is, or should be the repository for patient health information (PHI). We will explore the use of “imaging” information technology as a key component to continuity of care.

Tuesday – 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session and Keynote: If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!

Mike Schlappi’s keynote will teach attendees how they can:

  • Understand that the best way to predict your future is to create it.
  • Be motivated to take personal responsibility for your success.
  • Understand the importance of “if you can’t stand up, stand out.”

Tuesday – 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Clinical Decision Support: Boondoggle or Boon? – Liz Quam, Center for Diagnostic Imaging, St. Louis Park, MN

In Quam’s session, she will focus on the current state of clinical decision support (CDS), and what can be expected next as the 2017 Medicare mandate approaches and people continue to work in a relatively new industry with still undeveloped standards. In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The reasons for the relatively rapid adoption of Clinical Decision Support
  • Minnesota’s successful efforts to eliminate commercial Radiology Benefit Managers through CDS adoption
  • The political history and strategy for Medicare’s mandated adoption of Clinical Decision Support
  • Gain an insider’s knowledge of the CDS technical profile work that has been done, on an internationally collaborative basis
  • You will be challenged to become involved in the fight to move commercial payers away from Radiology Benefit Managers.

Wednesday – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
 Breakout Session:  Increasing Radiology Value Through Enterprise Imaging – A Case Study – Chris Tomlinson, MBA, CRA, and Jeff Bryers, MBA, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

In this session, Tomlinson and Bryers will go through a case study at the Children’s Hospital of Philadephia where the value and enterprise imaging model  was accomplished. Attendees of this session will be able to:

  • Understand how Enterprise Imaging can increase care of patients.
  • Setup an Enterprise Imaging Governance Structure.
  • Identify how partnering with IGS can raise radiology’s profile.

Wednesday – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Breakout Session: Leading by Listening: Helping Your Customers Be Successful – Todd Minnigh, BS,
Carestream – Rochester, NY

In his session, Minnigh will discuss how around the world people in imaging departments and services struggle to please many masters. He will share business expertise with business professionals for their use and benefit, in hopes they can pay it forward to their patients, customers, and others. From this session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Improve relationships with referring physicians and patients.
  • Understand the need to see the world through their eyes.
  • Build trust, credibility and rapport in our dealings with patients and other customers in our lives.

Additionally, Carestream will be exhibiting at AHRA 2015 at booth #1025, so please be sure to make it a stop on your tour around the hall. The top three technologies we will have on display include:

  1. A model of the company’s INVESTIGATIONAL cone beam CT (CBCT) system that is currently undergoing clinical studies. These patient studies will help guide Carestream’s development of new CBCT systems with the goal of providing orthopaedic imaging solutions that use less radiation than traditional CT; are compact and affordable; and can be used in a wide range of facilities.
  2. The new Touch PRIME Ultrasound System, which recently received FDA 510(k) Clearance and is available for order in the United States, will be demonstrated. Top-of-the-line offering. Designed for general diagnostic imaging use in radiology, it employs Carestream’s Touch Prime SynTek Architecture, a combination of advanced technologies that simultaneously provide enhanced spatial detail with increased frame rate while optimizing image formation to reduce noise and artifacts.
  3. Get hands on with the DRX-Revolution, the highest rated portable system in MD Buyline’s Market Intelligence Briefing™ (Q2 2015) for both portable digital X-ray systems. MD Buyline’s reports are based on user satisfaction ratings in the following categories: system performance, reliability, installation/implementation, applications training, service response time and service repair quality

What session are you looking forward to most at AHRA?

Erica CarnevaleErica Carnevale is the sales and marketing content manager for the U.S. and Canada at Carestream. She will be at AHRA in the Carestream booth (#1025), and will blogging on Everything Rad about sessions she attends throughout the annual meeting.

Diagnostic Reading #35: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

Carestream LogoA new week and a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. This week the articles focus on the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), another controversial study about breast screening, using SPECT to identify traumatic brain injuries, a new American College of Radiology commission on patient experience, and the U.S. Congress’s telehealth push.

1) Radiology Averts Cuts in Proposed 2016 MPFS – AuntMinnie

Radiology received no payment increases or decreases in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released on July 8 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Other subspecialties will see payments increase, but some will see decreases. As of January 1, radiation oncology and radiation therapy payments will be slashed by 3% and 9%, respectively.

2) New Study Again Questions Screening Mammography – AuntMinnie

A new research study published online July 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine is again questioning the effectiveness of widespread breast screening. Mammography screening of the general U.S. population mostly just produces overdiagnosis, with no measurable effect on mortality. Welch and colleagues found that rising rates of screening produced more breast cancer diagnoses, particularly of smaller cancers, but death rates from breast cancer remained the same. The findings indicate that widespread breast screening is ineffective and should be replaced by a program in which screening is more directed to individuals who are at high risk of breast cancer, according to the authors (JAMA IM, July 6, 2015).

3) New ACR Commission on Patient Experience to Advance Patient Centered Radiology – American College of Radiology

The new commission will develop recommendations on how radiology practices can enhance the experiences of patients and their families; provide information regarding how best to measure radiology patient outcomes; work with other ACR commissions to develop tools, metrics and policy that help members meet Merit-based Incentives Payment System and alternative payment model requirements; and, work closely with the RSNA Radiology Cares Campaign.

4) Congress Makes a Big Telehealth Push – Healthcare IT News

A bill was introduced in Congress that, if passed, would mean important advancements for telehealth in the U.S. The bill would add physical therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists and others to the list of providers eligible to administer telehealth services, as well as include the patient’s home as an allowable care site for specific hospice and home health services.

Sports Medicine Enhancing Care for Amateur and Professional Athletes

Carestream Sports MedicineMany young football players dream of playing in the NFL. My dream was to work for an NFL team and care for the medical needs of these skilled athletes.

Anyone who has watched an NFL game has seen the elite athleticism—and its potential for injuries. Our job as athletic trainers is to help prevent, evaluate and treat conditions ranging from concussions to soft tissue sprains and strains, fractures/dislocations and internal injuries. We also care for our share of chronic conditions.

A Carestream digital X-ray system at Lambeau Field can deliver excellent images in seconds. Our staff provides these images to our team physicians and other specialists who diagnose the injury and determine whether a player can return to the “action” or is in need of further evaluation or urgent care.

Many spectators don’t realize the medical expertise that is available on the sideline for every game—which includes orthopaedists, internal medicine specialists, neurosurgeons, emergency room physicians and neuropsychologists. These experts can view images on the sideline using their iPads and make critically important medical treatment decisions in seconds.

As athletic trainers, game days are just a small aspect of our weekly routine. We monitor our players’ healthcare all year—from the last whistle of the season through the off-season program and back through another long season. We work closely with our physicians to provide optimal and personalized care for each player. Using baseline concussion testing, body composition and multiple physical exams, we are always on the lookout for conditions and injuries that may not present immediate symptoms.

Every year athletic training and physical therapy professionals are exposed to the latest imaging, diagnostic and treatment technologies that can help enhance patient care. We are seeing a tremendous growth in the number of individuals who pursue these careers, which will help enhance the health of amateur to professional athletes for years to come.

Pepper Burress, Green Bay PackersPepper Burruss was named Director of Sports Medicine Administration for the Green Bay Packers in June. He was the team’s Head Athletic Trainer for 22 years and is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. He also worked for 16 seasons with the New York Jets as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Burruss has won several awards during his career, including being honored as the NFL Physicians Society’s Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer for the 2012 season. In 2011, he and his staff were named the NFL’s Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

Diagnostic Reading #34: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

Carestream LogoTomorrow is a holiday in the U.S., so this week’s issue of Diagnostic Reading will be taking place a day early. This focus of this week’s articles include data interoperability, how dense breast tissue affects mammograms, CT radiation dose levels, cybersecurity, and new findings by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.

1) Q&A: A New Diagnosis for Radiologists – Diagnostic Imaging

An article published in Radiology by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound recommending that elastography techniques can be used to distinguish patients with no or minimal liver fibrosis and differentiate them from patients with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis. There were two significant outcomes from this recommendation: patients no longer need invasive liver biopsies to diagnose liver fibrosis, and radiologists will play a huge role in diagnosing diffuse liver disease, a part they did not play before.

2) How Breast Density Can Affect Cancer Screenings – Imaging Technology News (ITN)

Susann Schetter, DO, co-medical director of Penn State Hershey Breast Center recently published comments in an edition of The Medical Minute, a weekly health news feature produced by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, on how when it comes to breast cancer screening, the fibroglandular density of breasts affects how well a mammogram can detect cancerous tissues.

3) Cybersecurity is an Increased Business Priority for Healthcare Leaders, Survey Finds – Healthcare Informatics

“The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) surveyed nearly 300 healthcare leaders across the industry on the issue of securing patient data. Nearly every single one, 87 percent in all, said cybersecurity was increased business priority over the past year due to the increasing threats to PHI. Two-thirds of the respondents said their organization had experienced a significant security incident.”

4) CT Radiation Dose Levels in Clinical Trial Surprise Researchers – AuntMinnie

“A group of researchers studying the use of CT for kidney stones were surprised by the radiation dose levels they discovered in their multicenter clinical study. Not only were many doses too high, they also varied widely between centers, concludes a research letter published June 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.”

5) Innovation Pulse: A Better Road to Data Interoperability? – Healthcare IT News

Tom Sullivan, executive editor, HIMSS Media, takes a look at how enabling one doctor to use one EHR to access patient information residing in a different hospital’s EHR from a different vendor may not be best way to give doctors the data they need. He looks at the ability to overlay technologies, one on top of the other, as it might bring us close enough to interoperability.

Guess the X-ray – July’s Image Challenge

It’s a new month so that means it is time for a new “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge. Last month we had a clock, which was identified, but it took a bit of time for someone to guess correctly. Let’s see if the same level of difficulty transfers to this month.

The July image is below, the challenge will run until the end of the month or until the first person guesses correctly.

To participate this month, leave your guess in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Good luck!

Sorry… Carestream employees and their agencies are prohibited from entering.

July Image Challenge