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

New this week: NIH releases chest X-ray images for AI; “bring your own data” grows in popularity.

This week’s articles include: a recent study discussing overuse of imaging exams and how to reduce them; head trauma in children and the possible risk of CT scans; patients are bringing their own medical data to doctor appointments; the NIH releases chest X-ray images for AI and machine learning; and National Health IT Week featured events across the country.

Imaging lands high on list of overused medical exams – AuntMinnie.com

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In a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures—recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine—medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots. The study’s authors recommend that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.

Managing head trauma in children – The New York Times

Head injuries in children are often difficult to diagnose and manage for pediatricians and parents. However, with increasing concern in recent years about the radiation risk to children of CT scans, doing a head CT just to reassure a worried parent—or even a worried doctor—is generally seen as a bad idea. If a child is getting a significant dose of possibly dangerous radiation, there needs to be some evidence that it might be necessary for the child’s safety.

‘Bring your own data’ is the next trend in healthcare – Healthcare IT News

More patients are bringing their own medical data into appointments with doctors and caregivers thanks to devices such as cell phones and activity trackers. Therefore, clinicians and health systems must master new skills to rapidly and accurately review and make sense of that patient information. The American Hospital Association stated in recently published research that patient-generated data and customized services are top among the areas where healthcare organizations are investing in innovation today.

NIH Clinical Center issues 100K X-ray images for machine learning – Radiology Business

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center released over 100,000 anonymous chest X-ray images and associated data to the national scientific community for artificial intelligence and machine learning purposes. Taking the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into consideration, NIH personnel screened the scans to ensure privacy. The NIH foresees issuing a large dataset of CT scans in the coming months.

HIMSS leads healthcare communities celebrating value of health IT during NHIT Week 2017 – HIMSS.org

Thought leaders from the nation’s most renowned and progressive healthcare organizations came together during National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) 2017, a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. The week featured regional events across the country, a virtual march, social media activity—including #IHeartHIT stories—and an awards reception in Washington, D.C. honoring federal, congressional and state officials

Blog of the week: Swiss Medical Group streamlines radiology reportingEverything Rad

Radiologists at SMG have cut reporting time from 97 hours with conventional reporting to 66 hours. Read their blog and infographic to learn how they are creating data-rich, easy-to-interpret medical imaging reports in less time.

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