Questi caratteri esprimono molto del passato, presente e futuro dell’IT sanitaria

Talvolta, leggendo di tecnologie dell’informatica sanitaria, sembra di affrontare un groviglio di caratteri alfabetici. Il nostro, forse più della maggior parte dei settori, può sembrare un ginepraio inestricabile di acronimi.

Pur dopo aver acquisito una conoscenza delle combinazioni di caratteri e dei loro significati, ci si può trovare in difficoltà dovendo interagire con altri che non l’abbiano ancora conseguita, mentre le tecnologie si intersecano in vari modi, alimentando la confusione.Carestream-clinical-collaboration-platform

This week’s articles include: a study examining healthcare IT technology adoption in rural areas; the need for additional training on correct interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis scans; a study showing remote patient monitoring does not reduce readmissions or mortality for patients with heart failure; a Q&A with radiologist Stamatia Destounis, Healthcare ITMD; and news that more than 100 health industry stakeholder organizations have agreed to push the industry and policymakers to take six steps—many supported by information technology—which they say can immediately improve the nation’s healthcare system.

A study entitled “Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption and Use,” recently published in Health Affairs, noted that while initial health IT adoption and meaningful use achievement were higher among rural providers and hospitals than those in urban areas, these populations were less likely to return in

Carestream is attending the industry-leading HIMSS health IT conference next week

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Carestream is gearing up for the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference  Feb. 29 to March 4, joining more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Each year, this conference brings together educational events, world-class speakers and a showcase for the best health IT products.

EHR TechnologyThis week’s articles include: a study that finds advanced EHRs can reduce adverse effects; the opportunity for radiologists to participate in value-based healthcare models; increased use of telehealth technology by substance abuse treatment providers; tweaks to PACS workstation software that could help radiologists cope with the data deluge; and a nationwide analysis of electronic health records that has uncovered several previously unknown risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

Patients with fully electronic health records experienced fewer adverse events, such as hospital-acquired infections, according to a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Improve population health. Optimize the patient experience. And cut costs. That, of course, is the “Triple Aim,” the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s boiled-down

CIOs Need to Embrace Changing Technologies, Expectations

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The New Year is upon us, which means it’s time to predict what’s to come for the world of healthcare information technology (IT) in 2016. The latest research from Forrester confirms what we already know to be true: healthcare CIOs will need to embrace changing expectations and technologies in 2016.

The predicted changes on the horizon bring both opportunities and challenges for healthcare CIOs. One thing is certain: CIOs will face increased demands for improved business technology (BT) plans in 2016.

In our recent blog series, “Whirlwinds of Change,” we dove into specific healthcare trends for 2016, including everything from sophisticated imaging in the NFL to the value in refurbished IT equipment. In this blog, we look at 2016 predictions in a new light. Forrester research has done a great job in predicting key changes on the horizon for healthcare IT leaders and how those leaders will need to adapt. From that, we’ve pulled out what we believe to be the top challenges CIOs can expect to face this year.

This week’s articles focus on the role information technology will play in the moon shot for healthcare, topics CIOs should consider when managing PACS technology, the persistent value of the stethoscope, a program in which radiologists learn how to give patients good and bad news, and a projection that U.S. funding for on-demand healthcare companies will quadruple to reach $1 billion by the end of 2017.

Health spending in 2015 eclipsed $3.2 trillion a year, or 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. CMS projects healthcare spending to reach $4.3 trillion by 2020 (18.5 percent of Diagnostic Reading PACSGDP) and $5.4 trillion by 2024 (19.6 percent of GDP). Here are six critical components for a moon shot that would give healthcare a chance to reach the ultimate goals it needs to achieve. Information technology isn’t the only answer in many of these, but it can play a powerful supporting role.

PACS can represent a particular challenge for CIOs. The technology has evolved from being confined to a silo within the radiology

When radiologists become more involved, healthcare will be better served

Clinical Collaboration

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has been vocal in its recommendation that radiologists should be available to become more involved with patients and referring clinicians. “The College supports collaborative, patient-centered approaches to reduce diagnostic errors,” the ACR stated in a recent article on the Imaging 3.0™ initiative, which looks at ways the industry can move forward to improve outcomes in the years ahead.

Many healthcare publications have discussed this. “Are
radiologists physicians?” is the provocative question posed in a Diagnostic Imaging blog post. RSNA President George Bisset III, MD was quoted in the opening to a past RSNA with the comment, “Radiologists are emulating the Invisible Man: overlooked, unknown, and, occasionally, seeming like monsters.”  And a December 2015 ACR case study asks a related question, “What if a radiologist was involved in helping physicians diagnose an illness as soon as a patient came into the hospital?”

More Hospitals and Patients are Benefiting from Mobile Imaging

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Demand for digital mobile X-ray is on the rise. That fact is documented not only by market research reports, but also by my firsthand interactions with customers. It’s clear that an increasing number of hospitals are taking advantage of the benefits of digital bedside imaging for their most critical patients—in the ICU, ED and OR, among other places.

No doubt, this increase in use correlates with the significant quality improvements seen in mobile imaging in recent years, thanks to advanced technologies such as digital radiography. But what do these developments mean for the radiologist, radiographer, radiology administrator and patient? And what can we expect for the future?

Fundamentally, bedside imaging brings the X-ray room to the patient, eliminating the time-consuming and logistically challenging process of moving critically ill or unstable patients.