Diagnostic Reading #18: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Headlines include interoperability challenges in healthIT, and preventing rad burnout

This week’s articles include: radiology’s journey into transparency; Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph combining 3D printing and special effects helps
surgeons become proficient by practicing with lifelike ETV training models; healthcare IT can only realize its full potential when the industry overcomes interoperability challenges; how radiologists can prevent burnout; and aging radiologists should consider a “phased in” plan to retirement that benefits themselves and their practices.

Look ahead: radiology’s journey into transparency – RSNA News

Health policy expert Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, offers a glimpse into the next chapter of healthcare where patients will expect transparency in delivery of healthcare systems. Digital forums will be available for patients to post information about their physicians and radiologists. Transparency means that some physicians will look good and some won’t. The opportunity exists to embrace and help lead this movement by developing metrics and platforms that provide meaningful information so patients know who radiologists are and what they do.

Combining 3D printing, special effects helps make surgical practice perfect – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Practicing complex surgical procedures on cadavers can be expensive. In an article in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics researchers outlined an improved method of practice for surgeons by combining 3D printing with special effects. A plug-and-play lifelike ETV training model was developed through a combination of 3D printing and special effects techniques, providing both anatomical and haptic accuracy. These simulators offer opportunities to accelerate the development of expertise and allow neurosurgeons to gain valuable experience in surgical techniques without exposing patients to risk of harm.

Health IT’s promise unfulfilled due to interoperability roadblocks – Health Data Management

If healthcare IT is going to realize its full potential, the industry must overcome the challenges of interoperability that impede the free flow of data, according to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, who spoke at the 2017 Health Datapalooza conference. According to Price, the main roadblocks to interoperability are technology and the lack of incentives for providers and vendors.

ARRS: To prevent radiologist burnout, find a higher purpose – Auntminnie

Radiologist burnout is becoming more common and it might seem that the best way to foil it is to focus on prevention. But a better tactic for radiologists is to find the higher purpose for their work, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) meeting. The presenter said radiologists need to figure out what’s satisfying about the work and have a vision grounded in that reality.

Radiologists should ease into their golden years – Auntminnie

The best way for radiologists – and their practices – to retire is a phased-in plan in which experienced radiologists scale back their hours gradually and allow other radiologists in a practice to adapt to the absence of the senior team members. Given that the workloads of radiologists have not decreased in recent years, senior radiologists should have plenty of room to stay on in a practice and work alongside younger radiologists.

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