Diagnostic Reading #51: 5 “Must Read” Articles on HIT & Radiology

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

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See Carestream’s Innovative Imaging & Health IT Solutions from RSNA16

Watch this RSNA16 booth tour to see our broad portfolio of products!

RSNA16 was a dynamic event, brimming with new advancements in radiology. It’s tough to absorb all the innovation and information while you’re at the show. Here’s your chance to get a first – or second! – look at all the products we displayed at RSNA16.

Some of the highlights from our growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging products included:

  • OnSight 3D Extremity System that earned both the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation and AuntMinnie’s “Best New Radiology Device”for 2016. This compact cone beam CT system offers high-quality, lower-dose 3D imaging technology for capturing weight-bearing and other types of patient extremity images.
  • CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors that are faster and lighter than previous models, and DRX Core detectors designed to make reliable, high-quality digital X-ray imaging affordable for healthcare providers of all sizes.
  • CARESTREAM DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy systems that perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a patient’s radiography image, and
  • Carestream’s Touch Prime family of ultrasound systems that allow sonographers and clinicians to gain better visualization of small structures as well as contrast differences in tissue for radiology, OB/GYN, musculoskeletal and vascular applications.

Our healthcare IT portfolio was also in the spotlight. It includes a Unified Core architecture for our Clinical Collaboration Platform that enhances security as well as interoperability, and complements healthcare providers’ existing IT systems. This architecture delivers clinical image data acquisition, viewing, sharing and archiving, and allows healthcare facilities to add features as needed. Physicians can access our Vue Motion universal viewer to easily view and share patient medical images and reports using mobile devices.

Watch all our videos from RSNA16 on our YouTube channel!

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Diagnostic Reading #50: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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. Continue reading

Radiology: 2016 Year in Review

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@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. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #49: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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.   Continue reading

Reno Diagnostic Centers Increase Efficiency in Radiology

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 in radiology.

“We recognized the opportunity to use technology to our advantage to increase the efficiency of the entire operation with a primary focus on making the radiologist as efficient as possible,” said Ron Milbank, Director of IT at Reno Diagnostic Centers.

The pair of outpatient imaging centers does about 75,000 exams a year across all modalities. By implementing Carestream’s RIS and PACS solutions, they were able to eliminate multiple, disparate workstations including mammography and PET-CT fusion workstations as well as regular RAD workstations.

“When you add up the cost of those stations, plus the support contracts that go along with them, the training curve for the radiologists to learn all that software, and the opportunity to lose all those stations – there’s a big benefit to consolidation,” said Milbank.

The goal for 2017? More efficiency in radiology and continued high levels of patient care.

“We continue to look for ways to have the rads interact with the software as little as possible to accomplish their job at a complexity and quality level that exceeds the competitors, and is way above the minimum standard,” emphasized Milbank.

Hear more about Reno Diagnostic Centers in this video interview. #HCIS

5 Articles on HIT and Radiology from the Past Week – Diagnostic Reading #48

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. Continue reading

Aunt Minnie Names OnSight 3D Extremity System ‘Best New Radiology Device’

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 the orthopaedic market.

Andrew Hartmann, Carestream’s Vice President and General Manager for ultrasound and cone beam CT; and Jim Burns, Chief Technology Officer, X-ray Solutions at Carestream, sat down at RSNA16 to talk about what drives the company’s product innovation. The dominant themes: customer input and innovation.

Carestream spends considerable time interacting with customers to design and refine its products. Customers at RSNA commented on different features in the product that they had proposed during the design process.

Similarly, about 100 sonographers, physicians, radiologists, radiology administrators, and sonography students from throughout the world touched, prodded, and gave feedback on Carestream’s Touch Prime Ultrasound product throughout its development.

A second theme in the conversation was innovation. 3D cone beam is a new modality and Carestream is making it available to a new market segment: orthopaedic offices. By doing so, Carestream is broadening the possibilities for clinical collaboration and changing the clinical workflow. By moving the modality closer to the patient, it paves the way for an improved patient experience. CBCT imaging provides more information to the surgeon over 2D X-ray with the added convenience of potentially fewer office visits for the patient.

Customer input and smart engineering innovation: it’s an award-winning combination. Listen to the full conversation between Jim Burns and Andrew Hartmann.

Guess the X-ray: December’s Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?

Happy December! It is time to put your thinking caps on for December’s “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge! No one correctly guessed the November image: it was … Batman! More specifically, a Batman action figure with flexed elbow!

We welcome radiologists, technicians, RAs, MDs, PAs – or anyone who thinks they’re up to the challenge – to guess the subject in this X-ray. Please leave your answer in the comment section below or on our Facebook page. We’ll share the answer at the end of the month.

December Image Challenge

Have fun and happy guessing!

Diagnostic Reading #47: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

This week’s Diagnostic Reading include: researchers develop a way to tune the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals; 3D printers can create detailed models that help surgeons prepare for complex Chronic Pain operations; an implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk; a genetic test can determine risk of having children with cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy; and radiology practices must grow to maintain viability.

Research shows way to “tune out” chronic pain – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Researchers from the U.K. have uncovered a method to control chronic pain by changing the frequency of brain waves. Chronic pain effects up to 30 percent of people, with 62 percent of people over the age of 75 experiencing pain. The team studied nerve cells and their frequency of communication to the body to develop a way to “tune” the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals.

Unlocking the potential of 3D printing in radiology – Health Imaging

A 3D printing lab in the radiology department can bring a wide range of benefits, including improved surgical preparation, trainee education and inter-departmental collaboration, according to Mayo Clinic physicians. 3D models are used to prepare doctors for complex surgical and image-guided interventions. For example, surgeons practice deploying aortic grafts on detailed hearts, complete with simulated blood pumping through artificial veins, and use the models to determine the best way to approach a tumor resection.

Implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk – Clinical Innovation+Technology

A team of neurosurgeons has successfully implanted a device in paralyzed monkeys that allows them to walk, which may lead to improved care for humans with paralysis. A surgeon was able to place electrodes in the brain responsible for controlling leg movement and the spinal cord. The device can be turned on and syncs with brain signals to allow the patient to walk. Implanted electrodes communicate with a wireless transmitter on the outside of the skull and record muscle activity.

Amazon brings genetic testing to your front door – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Genetic testing can determine a parent’s risk of having children effected by cystic fibrosis (CF) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). One company developed a genetic test that is available from Amazon. The test takes the saliva of both parents and tests for both CF and SMA. This can be crucial knowledge, since one in 19 Americans are a carrier of CF or SMA, which means the child of two carrier parents has a 25 percent chance of having these diseases.

Private radiology practices must expand or get left behind – DotMed Healthcare Business News

The latest Radiology Business 100 survey of private radiology practices came out last month and the message is clear: radiology practices need to grow to maintain viability. While the study did not reveal specific revenue data, in general the revenue picture for large practices is better than smaller practices.  Average practice size crept up from 52 full time equivalent radiologists in 2015 to 53.5 in 2016.

Check back next Friday for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. #healthIT