Patient safety

Diagnostic Reading #9: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Topics presented at ECR2017 and HIMSS2017 are in the news.

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: how radiology departments can help ensure patient safety; why more radiologists are suffering from burnout and dissatisfaction; patients expect their physicians to be able to easily share their medical data with other providers; a progress report on data mobility and analytics; and why big data must be used in the fight against cancer.

How can radiology departments help ensure patient safety? – AuntMinnieEurope

A presentation at ECR 2017 described potential risks from radiology procedures that include a missed abnormality due to technical issues as well as perception and communication errors.  Other errors include the wrong procedure being performed, studies performed on the wrong patient, or on the wrong side of the patient. Radiation exposure has risks including the potential for stochastic effects and tissue reactions. The presenter urged everyone working in radiology areas to act responsibility to ensure optimal patient treatment and outcomes.Patient safety

Radiologists suffer burnout, dissatisfaction – Healthcare-in-Europe.com

A speaker at ECR 2017 described a steep rise in burnout, dissatisfaction, and gender inequality among physicians and radiologists. Radiologists are among the best paid physicians in the U.S. but only half of them felt fairly compensated and satisfied with their career, according to a study conducted among almost 20,000 physicians. The study discovered many radiologists are depressed and burned out, and some are quitting their jobs to take other positions.

Patients expect doctors to help share health records with other providers – Modern Healthcare

A survey released at HIMSS 2017 reports the push for interoperability comes not just from the government and vendors, but also from patients. Patients want their data to easily move with them, and they expect their providers to assist in this process. More than 70 percent of patients surveyed report it is “very or extremely important” for their complete medical history to move with them. They also said they thought their care providers could easily transmit their medical histories.

Progress report: overcoming hurdles to sharing patient data – Radiology Today

Radiologists have adapted to countless advances in imaging technology in the past few decades. Current “hot topics” include the need for better data mobility and analytics, which requires improvements in interoperability. Some progress has been made, but many radiology providers still experience hurdles in their attempts to manage or share patient data.

Why big data must be used in the fight against cancer – Health Data Management

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death, with some 1.7 million Americans expected to be diagnosed with some form of it this year alone. Yet in the vast majority of cases, the details of their disease and treatment—from the tumor’s composition to which drugs were tried and what the results of those treatments were—remain stuck in medical records that offer no help to others facing similar circumstances. Most of what’s known comes from the 3 percent of patients who’ve taken part in clinical trials, leaving enormous gaps in our understanding of the multiplicity of diseases that are grouped together as cancer and why certain patients respond or don’t to various treatment regimens.

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