Diagnostic Reading #46: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Interoperability and imaging informatics continue to make headlines.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: a potential oversupply of radiology trainees in the Northeastern U.S.; true interoperability remains a healthcare industry goal; the Welsh NHS to receive a £5.5M investment for digital technology; how a multisite imaging practice integrated patient and imaging records; and new lung nodules might increase cancer risk.

Northeast boasts most radiology residents, greatest job shortages  – Radiology Business

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New research in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests the Northeastern United States has the highest per capita number of radiology residents, despite being the region most affected by job shortages. This data may suggest a general oversupply of radiology trainees there, as both the number of accredited programs and the size of existing programs continued to increase, along with job deficits for new graduates.

Consolidating to simplify health data exchange, interoperability – EHR Intelligence

True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. Although health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and provider organizations have collaborated extensively this year to facilitate improvements, regulatory burden and industry complexity continue to inhibit progress. One expert estimates the healthcare industry is only half of the way toward achieving true interoperability. Read the University of Iowa’s blog on their enterprise imaging roadmap!

Welsh health secretary announces £5.5M investment to support a digital NHS – British Journal of Healthcare Computing

The Welsh health secretary has announced that more than £5.5M will be invested into digital technologies within the Welsh NHS. The Welsh government is said to be working closely with the NHS Wales Informatics Service to prioritize programs that are expected to deliver the highest benefits. The funding will be used to deliver the commitment to digital set out in the Informed Health and Care strategy from 2015, looking at ways to improve quality of care and patient safety through technology.

Imaging informatics: right patient, right record—how a multisite imaging practice integrated patient and imaging records – Radiology Today

Reconciling patient records with medical imaging is a challenge for today’s imaging practices, with minor inconsistencies sometimes resulting in multiple records for the same patient and critical information potentially overlooked. One multisite imaging practice—with 130 radiologists who interpret 2.5 million imaging studies each year—aimed to solve their duplicate record workflow problem by implementing a master patient index. Review the checklist for evaluating enterprise imaging systems.

New solid nodules may increase lung cancer risk – AuntMinnie.com

Lung nodules found on follow-up CT lung screening rounds could be more dangerous than those found on baseline exams, according to a new analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) and recently published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Other study findings also indicate that not all nodules should be treated equally.

Blog of the week: Imaging pediatric patients takes flexibility and creativity – Everything Rad

Imaging pediatric patients takes flexibility and creativity. Read the blog by Shriners Hospital for Children to learn their approach to imaging children.

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