Headlines include imaging’s possible role in combatting food shortages; consumers want access to health records

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: PET imaging might play a role in studying pest resistance to help combat global food shortages; providers’ inability to share data hurts patient satisfaction; poll reveals Americans don’t want insurers to limit treatment decisions; unpaid caregivers are gaining recognition for their contributions to the delivery of healthcare; and a startup company will develop a mobile app to help opioid users in need of emergency care.

Researchers use radioactive tracer, PET imaging to fight hunger – Health Imaging

As the global population grows at a rate of 88 million people per year, researchers are using advanced nuclear methods to study pest resistance in corn that could make significant strides toward solving global food shortages.image of empty bowl

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: providers face challenges when transitioning to value-based care; study shows married adults have a lower risk of death following strokes; telemedicine is top priority for state medical boards in 2017, microgreens have a macro-level impact on lowering LDL cholesterol; and making color and text changes to medication packaging can reduce error rates for elderly patients.

Providers experience challenges in transitioning to value-based care – Health Data Management

As providers seek to transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, they are encountering significant challenges, including limited access to claims data, risk-based insurance contracts, and investment capital. That’s the finding of a new survey of members conducted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which represents medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care. The second annual survey included 115 respondents representing 168 member organizations.

Everything Rad: Top 7 Blogs in Diagnostic Imaging

As 2016 winds down, we take time for a Radiology Year in Review on Everything Rad.  There was considerable innovation and disruption in radiology and health IT imaging in 2016. The themes and conversations at diagnostic imaging sites and in media publications were reflected in our blogs. For our 2016 Radiology Year in Review, we are sharing the 7 blogs from Everything Rad that generated the most shares and likes.

What would you like us to write about in 2017? Would you like to be a guest author?  Post your suggestions and comments on this blog or email us at socialmedia@www.carestream.com.  We’d love to hear from you.

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Baystate Health’s Regional HIE Invites Outside Providers to Participate to Help Enhance Patient Care

Baystate Health is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes five hospitals and more than 90 primary and specialty care practices serving a region of western Massachusetts with 800,000 residents. Patients that come to their facilities are also visiting other facilities outside of their network. Neil R. Kudler, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baystate Health, shares the steps that Baystate Health is taking to reduce the chance that patients might be at risk of receiving duplicate procedures and imaging exams.

Reducing Sonographer Injuries Takes a Team Approach

Ultrasound is growing in popularity and its increased demand is impacting sonographers’ workload. An increase in the number of exams is placing added strain on sonographers who are already at risk of injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motions. The risk of injury can be minimized if sonographers, hospital and radiology department managers, and manufacturers work together.

Improving radiology reports and leveraging IT to improve efficiency are in the news

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: benefits of actionable reports; how to leverage IT resources to improve efficiency and quality; four strategies to improve radiology reports; healthcare providers experience challenges in transitioning to value-based care; and Asia is poised to replace Europe as second largest healthcare market by 2025.

RSNA 2016: Actionable reports can save money, patient anxiety – Radiology Businessmoney in a wastebasket

According to the Institute of Medicine, between $800 billion and $1 trillion is wasted by the U.S. healthcare system every year. And imaging plays a role in this costly cycle. Unactionable language in a radiology report can create unneeded exams—and radiology reports often contain vague wording. Aggregating usable data, clinical history, and relevant documents into a report can aid the referring physician in reaching a conclusion and delivers the best value to patients. Using standardized language and pre-populated text is important.

RSNA 2016: How to improve quality by leveraging your IT department – Radiology Business

A medical director of enterprise imaging urged increased use of IT resources to improve efficiency and quality. He tapped the IT staff to extract all relevant information about a patient from the EMR and automatically give it to radiologists as they place orders. He also eliminated the need for technologists to enter imaging protocols into equipment before each exam. The IT staff also implemented a system that allows radiologists to send short message services or text messages to other physicians—and when those messages are ignored, an alarm goes off until they are acknowledged.  

Centers consolidate workstations with Carestream Vue RIS and Vue PACS Imaging technology applications have the potential to provide many benefits – including increased efficiency. With this goal in mind, Reno Diagnostic Centers of Reno Nevada implemented Carestream’s Vue RIS and Vue PACS to help streamline workflow

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: the president of RSNA urges radiologists to expand their breadth of expertise; an RSNA16 presenter encourages radiologists to embrace evolving technology for cancer treatment; a new imaging technique could help create treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; the top three challenges for healthcare C-suite executives; and new 3D fetus modeling could help identify abnormalities.

RSNA President: Let’s get back to basics – Radiology Business

RSNA President Dr. Richard Baron’s opening address highlighted the dramatic impact of technology oDiagnostic Readingn the specialty and laid a roadmap for continuing to provide value-based care in a rapidly changing environment. He reports that physicians in other fields are becoming proficient at image interpretation, threatening the role of radiologists. He urged radiologists to focus on recapturing a breadth of expertise—learning about new diseases, drugs or surgical procedures—so they can provide additional value.

Customer Input Drives Carestream’s Engineering Innovation Carestream was proud to receive the Aunt Minnie award for Best New Radiology Device at RSNA16 in Chicago. The prestigious award was given to Carestream for our innovative OnSight 3D Extremity System that brings a new modality and clinical value to