EMR, EHR, PACS e VNA: Guardare al di là degli acronimi [Parte 1]

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

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Diagnostic Reading #8: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

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 Continue reading

HIMSS 2016: Finding the Latest Trends in HealthIT

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.

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Defining Innovation in Medical Imaging

Measuring the Impact of New Technology

“Innovation” is a desirable goal in healthcare. Many imaging providers seek news ways and breakthrough Carestream-Health-Award-Logotechnologies to improve patient care. But how do you measure innovation? How do you determine which new solutions to invest in? According to Frost & Sullivan, new technology investments “must have a positive and demonstrable impact on the cost efficiency, the quality and the outcome of imaging enterprises’ service lines.”

To help providers with their decision making, Frost & Sullivan evaluates and benchmarks products on their attributes and their impact on operations. Recently, Frost & Sullivan put our DR, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CBCT and healthIT imaging informatics products through its rigorous evaluation and selected Carestream as the winner of the 2016 North American Medical Imaging New Product Innovation Leadership Award. The award is yet another proof point that our products help enhance the value, profitability and marketability of the radiology profession.

You can click the image below to learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s 10-step process for evaluating candidates for the award, and the reasons they chose Carestream as the winner.

Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System received FDA 510(k) clearance in September 2016.

Diagnostic Reading #7: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

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 Continue reading

CIO eBook Chapter 6: The Healthcare Journey to Value – Collaboration Is Key

Collaboration and information access in the journey from volume to value.


In the weeks leading up to the HIMSS annual meeting, I always see a spike in articles and blog posts about the hot topics in health IT.  It’s no surprise that enterprise data access and “big data” are popular—even controversial.  Our CIO eBook chapter on this topic is a good “quick read,” whether you’re a CIO, a clinician or a professional engaged in the daily delivery of healthcare. Here are a few highlights from the chapter.

Collaboration and information access in the journey from volume to value.

As early as 2010, when COO Dan Hounchell, Esq., joined HealthSpan as Director of Legal Services, he was aware of the varying needs of the stakeholders for different cuts of the available data.

As the organization moved toward integration of payors with Mercy Health, Ohio’s largest health system, and with the formation of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), identifying all these requirements for information became critical to the success of the organization.

Concurrently, HealthSpan underwent a change in its business model, redirecting the focus from service “volume” to service “value.” This drove a need to rethink data supporting metrics, incentives and workflow across the enterprise.

Listen now: Dan Hounchell talks about data distribution at the right levels.


Worldwide trends in the use of healthcare information.

Most nations share this need for wider data access and better intelligence.  Availability of “big data” presents opportunities for collaborators to improve outcomes based on the evidence gathered in France, Great Britain and around the world.

HealthSpan informatics infrastructure reflects stakeholder needs, which extend beyond the hospital enterprise itself. Administration, consumers, providers, employers and insurance brokers each have their own need for healthcare data, depending on their requirements. HealthSpan built its information system to respond to these needs.

Becoming an ACO accelerated the building of the system for value rather than volume.

As an ACO, HealthSpan could Graph-healthcare_analytics_infrastructureuse combined payor/provider data to suggest where there might be shared savings—risk stratification, and a renewed look at chronic conditions—clinical data, usage and patient satisfaction. It also became clear that in the near future, big data would be able to help them understand disease, develop more effective drugs, and identify people at risk of developing disease, making an early intervention possible.

Baystate Health, serving over 750,000 residents in Western Massachusetts, also supports provider, patient and payor stakeholders with comprehensive access, distribution and reporting. You can see a visual outline of Baystate’s information infrastructure in Chapter 6.

For more detail on the planning and building of an information system for an integrated payor/provider network based on the unique needs of its multiple stakeholders, read the CIO eBook, Chapter 6.

Do you have experience structuring and planning an information system for multiple stakeholders that you would like to share? Please comment!

Are you or someone from your facility going to HIMSS in Las Vegas?  Stop by the Carestream booth for a cup of coffee and tell us what you’re hearing about data access and “big data.”

About the CIO eBook: Carestream publishes an eBook based on issues of importance to CIOs and often based on webinars facilitated by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) Online Thought Leadership Series, and is made possible through an unrestricted grant from Carestream. This post refers to Chapter 6, exploring the planning and structure of an information system serving HealthSpan, an integrated health system including payors, providers and patients. Click to read our blog posts summarizing earlier chapters.

Julia, Weidman, Marketing Manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream Health


Julia Weidman is the Healthcare Information Solutions Marketing Manager for the U.S. & Canada at Carestream.


Forrester Predictions for Healthcare CIOs in 2016

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. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #6: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

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 Continue reading

The Value of Clinical Collaboration in a Patient-centered Healthcare Model

When radiologists become more involved, healthcare will be better served

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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?” Continue reading

Advances in Bedside Imaging: Delivering on the Dream

More Hospitals and Patients are Benefiting from Mobile Imaging

La versión en español de este post se puede leer aquí.

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. Continue reading