Diagnostic Reading #42: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Articles include: Dubai hospitals implement 3D printing before surgery; high-tech tracking system helps verify desired patient care activities; social media may be used to obtain patient feedback; docs vastly outperform computer algorithms in diagnostic accuracy; and a visual dashboard brings together key clinical data in ICUs.

Dubai hospitals to implement 3D printing before surgery – AuntMinnie

Soon all Dubai Health Authority hospitals in the United Arab Emirates will be able to print artificial limbs, denture molds, fracture casts, and organ models to simulate surgery before the actual procedure. The new initiative is expected to speed medical procedures, save costs, and help doctors pMedical team performing surgerylan complicated surgeries. Also 3D printing will help in providing accuracy in medical education.

Tracking technology serves many purposes in new facility – Health Data Management

A new hospital installed a high-tech tracking system that uses tags attached to clinicians and patients to monitor activity and verify that required actions are being taken. For example, if a patient is not seen by a nurse within a specific time threshold a TV screen at the nurse station notes the time lapse and the appropriate nurse is alerted. Tags on patients let personnel know where they are at all times and let family and friends track the progress of a patient in surgery via a screen in waiting rooms. This system also assists in patient flow, admission and transfer-referral procedures, as well as tracking patients who left without being seen and ED diversions. Continue reading

Best Places to Eat in Chicago at RSNA16 – Tips from a Local!

Going to RSNA 2016 in Chicago? Add these restaurants to your schedule!

RSNA16 is coming up fast and soon many of my colleagues will join me in Chicago. They occasionally ask me to suggest a good restaurant. I thought I’d share my recommendations for best places to eat in Chicago with the thousands of attendees who will soon arrive in the Windy City for RSNA2016. After a long day of educational sessions and walking the show floor, it’s nice to reconnect with colleagues over a good meal.   best places to eat in Chicago

Here is a list of some of my favorite places to eat. What recommendations would you add to the list?

Places to eat near the convention center – Chinatown

There aren’t any places within walking distance of the convention center, but you can take a quick cab ride to Chinatown and be back in under an hour.

My personal favorite for Asian cuisine in Chinatown is Joy Yee.  Besides full meals, they offer an extensive list of appetizers. You can also have them concoct a soup from your choice of broths, noodles, meats and other fillers.  2139 South China Place

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Quantitative Radiology is New Paradigm of Personalized Precision Medicine

An interview with Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí of the Royal Academy of Medicine; Part 1

Haga clic aquí para leer esta entrevista en español.

Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí has held chair number 13 of the Royal Academy of Medicine since last Image of the frontal cortex depicting quantitative radiologyFebruary. In his inaugural speech as a scholar at this prestigious institution, Dr. Martí-Bonmatí made references to quantitative radiology and imaging biomarkers.

Recently, he explored the topics further in an interview with Everything Rad. This is the first of a two-part conversation with Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí.
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La radiología cuantitativa es el nuevo paradigma de la medicina de precisión personalizada

una entrevista con Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina

This Spanish language blog is also available in English.

Una entrevista con Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí de la Real Academia Nacional de MedicinaImage of the frontal cortex

El Dr. Luís Martí-Bonmatí ocupa desde el pasado mes de febrero el Sillón número 13  de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. En su discurso de ingreso como académico a esta prestigiosa institución, el Dr. Martí-Bonmatí hace especial referencia a la radiología cuantitativa y a los biomarcadores de imagen.

En esta primera parte de una entrevista concedida a Everything Rad (ER), el Dr. Martí-Bonmatí profundiza en el papel de la radiografía cuantitativa y los biomarcadores en el futuro de la medicina personalizada. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #41: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: work-related injuries plague sonographers; radiologists want to help fight elder abuse

News for radiology and health IT professionals

Articles include: sonographers are vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain; proactive outreach to patients improves outcomes; radiologists want to do more to help identify and eliminate elder abuse; a brain-computer interface helps paralyzed man feel again; and a new report says enterprise data protection strategies might not be fully aligned with IT modernization initiatives driven by cloud computing.

Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain – AuntMinnie

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a problem for sonographers according to a recent survey. However much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain. Researchers recommend optimal visual conditions, adjustable components of the ultrasonic machine and the computer workstation, and education concerning ergonomic guidelines.

Direct outreach to patients by HIM professionals improves outcomes, patient satisfaction – Health Management Technology

Proactive outreach to patients by HIM specialists increased the use of a personal health record, improved outcomes and satisfaction, and enhanced communication between health IT specialists and providers. A unique patient outreach program deployed a personal health record coordinator to meet with patients to explain the benefits of a personal health record. The program includes a hands-on approach for removing barriers and engaging families. Continue reading

Cloud hosted PACS Solutions Help Address Medical Staffing Shortages

Access to radiology reports can help eliminate barriers and enable collaboration

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The number of new innovations in health IT can be overwhelming. Hospital CIOs and administrators must help evaluate new software for referral management, applications for improved transparency, and analytics software. How can HIT directors and hospital administrators decide which technologies are worth investing in? Answer: start with the ones – like cloud hosted PACS solutions – that solve a real problem – like radiology staffing shortages.

Nicola Strickland, head of the Royal College of Radiologists, made a convincing case to The Observer in 2016 for “how the crisis in radiology recruitment will break the entire NHS system in Britain”. And in January 2017, AuntMinnie Europe painted a dire picture of how a hard Brexit would further strain the lack of radiology resources.

Other parts of Europe, especially rural areas, face a similar problem. The shortage of radiologists and other health professionals is driving medical providers with no formal or previous affiliations to find ways to pool their resources and collaborate among their sites.

Fortunately, cloud based services and teleradiology are toppling the geographic barriers. An increasing number of medical health providers in Europe are installing PACS – Picture Archiving and Communication Systems – and hosting them in the cloud. For example, Spire Healthcare, one of the largest private healthcare groups in the UK, enabled cross site reporting using the Carestream cloud. Using different cloud services from Carestream, Spire Healthcare can store and archive data to enable cross site reporting and then distribution of the reports and associated images. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #40: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology from the Past Week

Threats, burnout, and demand for radiology top the news

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Articles include: the three biggest threats to radiologists; marketing tactics for imaging service providers; a survey of 2,000 patients reported they want radiologists to read their imaging exams; a study that shows 49% of radiologists feel burned out recommends they try to improve their life balance before making career changes; and an initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to collect and analyze cancer data is starting to take off.

The 3 biggest threats to radiology – AuntMinnie

Three trends might degrade the role of radiologists: demand for imaging is moving out of hospitals; bundled payments and capitation turn imaging into a cost rather than a profit center; and machine learning is on the rise.

Tactics for marketing a radiology department – Radiology Business

A paper described the need for imaging service providers to have a successful business strategy that involves marketing tactics focused on patients and different efforts that target referring physicians. Continue reading

How the Affordable Care Act Affects Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Six years yield five significant changes in the field of sonography

Over the last six years, healthcare in the U.S. has undergone a rapid series of changes and reforms. From the way Americans pay for care to how care is provided, the post Affordable Care ActIllustration of Affordable Care Act era of healthcare is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Diagnostic medical sonographers, also known as ultrasound technologists or ultrasound technicians, have begun to feel the effects of the Affordable Care Act on almost every aspect of their daily job duties.

More healthcare consumers

More Americans are consuming healthcare services than ever before. It is estimated that more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act from federal and state exchange programs, employer mandates, and/ or Medicaid expansion. Hospital and healthcare facilities are seeing more patients than ever before, which means more diagnostic tests, like ultrasounds, are being ordered. However, this sharp increase in healthcare consumption was not matched with an equal increase in human or capital healthcare resources.

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Diagnostic Reading #39: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Articles include: physicians and radiologists see value in image-rich reports; and smartphone use needs a strategy

In the news: survey respondents say image-rich reports could improve communication and dialogue between radiologists and referring physicians; smartphone use creates need for management strategies; a report recommends radiologists’ clinical performance should involve feedback and encouragement; machine learning might create headaches for radiologists and other physicians; and Aetna will offer subsidies on Apple devices for select large employers and will utilize health apps on iPhones and iPads to help providers deliver more effective care.carestream_health_pacs

Do image-rich radiology reports create value? – Radiology Business

Referring physicians and radiologists both see significant value in the use of image-rich radiology reports (IRRRs), according to a recent study. Sixty-eight percent of participants said IRRRs would improve communication and dialogue between radiologists and referring physicians. Continue reading

Medical Device Decision Priorities—a Worldwide Look

Throughout the U.S. and worldwide, equipment decision criteria are not so different

There are clear advantages to having new, up-to-date medical devices; including gains in productivity and efficiency. Medical equipment can support the movement to reduce healthcare costs and increase its efficiency and effectiveness. This movement is worldwide, and nothing new, as a graphic on medical device prioritiesMcKinsey report[1] stated a few years ago. “Today, medical device companies operate in a different world. In developed countries, healthcare systems are under acute financial pressure…. Developing economies are transforming the environment, too…. Success in emerging markets requires a deep understanding of stakeholders’ needs.”

New stakeholders influence purchase decisions

And new stakeholders are changing the way organizations look at the purchase of medical equipment. “In the developed world, decisions that used to be the sole preserve of doctors are now also made by regulators, hospital administrators, and other non-clinicians…. The result of this phenomenon is a shift from individual outcomes to a focus on population-level effectiveness.” Also, big data is beginning to offer a new level of evidence-based data that helps us evaluate the true advantages of technology.

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