Dose reduction and new ultrasound application make headlines
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: new technique uses ultrasound to measure fluid in the lungs; monitoring software that can reduce dose for pediatric patients; a “digital pathologist” can improve cancer detection; variation in imaging utilization impacts practicing radiologists; and a decade of improvements in CT innovation are not reaching patients in some European countries.
Fluid in the lungs being measured by a new technique using ultrasound – Health Imaging
Medical researchers and engineers from North Carolina State University have found a new approach that uses ultrasound to measure fluid levels in the lungs. The noninvasive approach can track progress in treating pulmonary edema, which is common in patients with congestive heart failure. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Patents and industry recognition are two ways to quantify it
Innovation in diagnostic imaging and healthIT is continually evolving, improving their potential to help provide better patient care and at less cost.
But how can you measure innovation? Patents and industry recognition are two ways. Please indulge us while we share some of our accomplishments from 2016. And if you’d like a preview of our plans to advance imaging capture this year, read the recent blog by our president of Digital Medical Solutions, Jianqing Bennett.
Let’s start with patents. In 2016, we were awarded 43 new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for innovation in radiography, cone beam CT imaging, healthcare IT, and other areas. We also received 52 additional patents in European and Asian countries.
The patents earned by Carestream’s smart scientists and engineers include:
- New medical image capture technologies related to the development of cone beam computed tomography (CT) systems designed for orthopaedic extremity imaging
- Enhancements to our portfolio of healthcare IT systems that manage, store, and share patient data and medical imaging exams
- Continued technology advances in our growing portfolio of radiology systems that can enhance diagnostic image quality for a wide range of healthcare providers
- Continued advancements in laser imagers that provide affordable output of digital X-ray exams onto medical film and paper Continue reading
News update: health IT boosts economy; radiologists get high ratings from patients
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: overcoming hurdles to sharing patient data; radiology’s role as a value center; HIMSS survey shows health IT is boosting the U.S. economy; a report from the first HIMSS Cybersecurity Forum describes different types of attacks being launched on healthcare facilities; and patients gave high ratings to U.S. radiologists in study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Overcoming hurdles to sharing patient data – Radiology Today
Recent advances in imaging technology deliver benefits for radiologists as well as healthcare providers and their patients. Enhanced interoperability has enabled off-site nighthawk radiology coverage.
Also, large radiology practices can now serve rural as well as metropolitan areas—delivering access to subspecialists in all markets. Continue reading
Can you guess the image in the X-ray?
March means spring is right around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. It also means there is another “Guess the X-ray Image Challenge!” We welcome radiologists, technologists, 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. The challenge will stop at the end of the month.
Congratulations to those who correctly guessed the February image challenge! The correct answer was — a mug with an alligator toy clipped to the rim!
Happy guessing and good luck!
Top news: multimedia reports enhance tumor tracking; and public clouds not secure
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: NIH study shows multimedia reports enhance tumor tracking; cloud survey finds patient data might not be protected; what providers can learn from the hospitality industry; radiology as a business is becoming increasingly complex; and patient engagement reduces readmission from chronic conditions.
Multimedia radiology reports enhance tumor tracking – Auntminnie
Multimedia radiology reports that provide hyperlinks to annotated tumor measurements and include graphs that show treatment response can improve how these lesions are tracked over time, according to recently published research. In a retrospective study involving nearly 500 lesions, a team from NIH found that multimedia reports significantly improved concordance between radiologists and oncologists in selecting and measuring target lesions, compared with text-only radiology reports. The result is fewer discrepancies between what radiologists are measuring and what oncologists are using to evaluate how tumors are responding to therapy.
Cloud survey: quarter of healthcare organizations put patient data at risk in public cloud – Health Management Technology
A recent cloud survey analyzes healthcare organizations’ use of public cloud, the utilization of public cloud implementations, and how data is protected in these cloud environments. The survey of 51 healthcare and biotech organizations found that 25% of healthcare organizations using the public cloud do not encrypt their data. The survey also found that 63% of healthcare organizations say they intend to use multiple cloud vendors, and 38% of organizations with data in a multi-cloud environment are not using any form of encryption. Continue reading
Enterprise image viewers aren’t all equal; get the guide
An enterprise image viewer is your organization’s connection among stakeholders, linking radiologists with referring physicians, patients with doctors, and clinicians at home with specialists across the country.
It’s understood that the most crucial aspect of every radiology diagnostic report is the image. Yet referring physicians and other clinicians typically see only words—the written reports and conclusions dictated by radiologists.
An enterprise image viewer – also known as an universal image viewer – bridges the gap, displaying images of many types—not just DICOM—and other clinical data such as JPEG photos, videos, ECGs, and scanned PDF clinical documents. A new white paper, “Enterprise Access Viewer”, explores and explains the requirements for an effective universal image viewer.
Enterprise image viewer – easy access helps minimize cost and dose Continue reading
Machine learning in radiology and Federal Health Pavilion at HIMSS17 are in the news
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: the HIMSS17 federal health IT solutions pavilion; first hospital in Canada to embrace medical 3D printing for surgical planning; machine learning in radiology targets efficiency; the barriers to interoperability; and radiology learns lessons from the Ebola crisis.
HIMSS17 Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion to put population health, interoperability, and value-based care on display – Healthcare IT News
ONC, HRSA, the Defense Health Agency, and other government entities will be featured in the special Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion exhibit on the show floor (Booth 230, Hall A). Attendees can find 22 educational sessions and other resources focusing on government initiatives to advance healthcare. Continue reading
This week’s articles include: EHRs and HIEs lacking, and post-processing in radiology
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: radiology in the era of payment reform; making the most of EHRs is easier said than done; exposing reasons for the difficulties in connecting patient information; brain MRI might help diagnose vascular cognitive disorder; and post-processing can fix problems with contrast uptake without re-imaging patients.
Radiology in the era of payment reform – Diagnostic Imaging
The MACRA Act of 2015 is a quality payment program. Starting this year, there are two tracks for practices that bill Medicare patients: the advanced payment model and the merit-based incentive program. The statute recognizes two categories, patient facing and non-patient facing physicians. Many radiologists believe they are a patient-centered specialty; however there are advantages to the statute that classifies radiologists as non-patient facing. Continue reading
What is your cloud strategy for medical imaging? Two large hospitals see it differently
Cloud strategies for storing and accessing medical images across the enterprise are front and center in healthcare IT these days. The increasing sophistication of imaging technology has resulted in substantial increases in imaging data.
The upside of this evolution is that clinicians have more imaging information available to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The downside is that the vast increase in imaging data is putting pressure on provider data centers everywhere.
As storage requirements increase with every new modality, the cloud is no longer an optional part of your enterprise imaging strategy. It is rapidly becoming an essential component. Our new cloud strategies white paper shares the experiences of two different imaging providers with a cloud strategy. Continue reading