Digital Radiography Detectors: How Secure Are Your Medical Images?

The security within your digital X-ray detector

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Digital X-ray detectors have several layers of security

Scott Rogerson, Carestream Health

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Digital radiography detectors capture what seems like the most personal of data: an image of our inner selves. For this reason, hospital administrators and radiology directors occasionally ask us about the ways we secure this most private of data. And with good reason.

As evidenced by the WannaCry ransomware attack, healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches. Healthcare data breaches cost organizations $380 per stolen record—more than twice the average global cost across all industries, according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study sponsored by IBM Security. Ask a chief information officer or IT director what keeps them up at night, and undoubtedly the security of patient data will be high on their list. It’s also a top priority for Carestream Health. Continue reading

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Detectores de radiografía digital: ¿Cuán seguras son sus imágenes médicas?

Scott Rogerson, Carestream Health

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Los detectores de radiografía digital captan lo que parece ser el más personal de los datos: una imagen de nuestro ser interior. Por esta razón, los administradores de hospitales y directores de radiología de vez en cuando nos preguntan sobre las maneras de asegurar este más privado de los datos. Y con razón.

Como lo demuestra el ataque de ransomware de WannaCry, la asistencia sanitaria continúa siendo la industria más cara para las brechas de datos. Las infracciones de datos sanitarios cuestan a las organizaciones $ 380 por registro robado-más del doble del costo promedio en todas las industrias, de acuerdo con el Estudio de costos de datos de 2017 patrocinado por IBM Security. Pregunte a un jefe de información o director de TI  que les quita el sueño, y sin duda la seguridad de los datos de los pacientes era prioridad en su lista. También es una prioridad para Carestream Health.

Los detectores digitales de rayos X tienen varias capas de seguridad

Transmisiones seguras y anónimas de rayos X digitales

Aquí está una mirada dentro de la seguridad de nuestros detectores DR. Continue reading

What to Look for in an Interventional Radiology (IR) Ultrasound System

Finding an ultrasound system that meets the needs of increasing IR procedures

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Experts and investors say IR is set for rapid growth

Dan Monaghan, Carestream Health

Interventional radiology is growing fast. In a 2017 guest post on the American College of Radiology (ACR) blog, Ezequiel Silva III, FACR, MD, chair of the ACR Commission on Economics elaborates, “It seems pretty much everywhere you look lately, experts and investors are predicting that interventional radiology (IR) is set for rapid growth. Now we just have to work to ensure that there will be enough clinical interventional radiology practices (and interventional radiologists) to meet the increase demand.”

The American College of Radiology and the Society for Interventional Radiology are taking steps to help interventional radiologists meet the need head-on. But what does this mean for practice technology needs?

The Advisory Board studied providers at top IR programs across the country and found it’s critical to map your program’s investments to your growth ambition for IR services. Continue reading

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Diagnostic Reading #34: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Articles include ways to increase patient satisfaction; and proper positioning can reduce radiologists’ injuries

This week’s articles in our Diagnostic Reading summary include: radiologists’ views of the imaging IT market today and where it’s headed; results of a recent study exploring CT exams and meningioma; how hospital administrators can increase patient satisfaction; advice on how to reduce work-related injuries for radiographers; and how to engage employees in cybersecurity training so they will practice what they learn.

Is enterprise imaging on a slow road to mediocrity?  – AuntMinnie.com

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Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

The imaging IT market is in a state of uncertainty and change as it slowly travels the path toward enterprise imaging. Previously clear definitions for PACS and RIS have blurred, and healthcare providers have struggled to keep up. However, recent research on the imaging IT and archiving and management IT software market gives a look at where we’re headed. Continue reading

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Understanding True Patient-Centered Care in Radiology

Klaus Erdbories, Carestream Health

A close look at this crucial yet misunderstood movement in diagnostic imaging

Editor’s Note: At RSNA 2017, Carestream will feature health imaging and IT solutions that support the industry’s transition to Patient-Centered Care. To set the stage, we are publishing a three-part blog on this timely topic. This post is Part One of that series. Watch Everything Rad for Part Two, Patient-Centered Care and the Radiologist; and Part Three, Patient-Centered Care and the Technologist.

Understanding true patient-centered care 

 “A good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”  – Sir William Osler, M.D. July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919;  Co-founder of John Hopkins Hospital

You can hardly have a conversation about the state of healthcare today without hearing the term “Patient-Centered Care.” But while thousands in the medical field are talking about it – and have been for some time – how many of us fully understand this concept?

According to a study group led by Dr. Andrew Rosenkrantz of the NYU Langone Medical Center, “…concern has been raised over the confusion about the true meaning of ‘patient-centered’ and its misapplication to a wide range of initiatives that, though potentially improving quality or the patient experience, do not truly constitute patient-centered care.”1

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Everything Rad explores the meaning of patient-centered care in our 3-part blog series.

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Preview Carestream Health’s RSNA 2017 Exhibit!

Learn how diagnostic imaging solutions positively impact patient care

The energy behind RSNA 2017 is focused on motivating attendees to “Explore, Invent and Transform” through innovation as a means of creating positive impact on patient care.

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Carestream Health will exhibit at RSNA17

Our team is in synch with that goal. We are developing and deploying new technologies that address the needs of medical imaging providers in a broad range of healthcare facilities.

While attending the RSNA conference, we invite you to visit our booth (#6713) to see how we can help your organization enhance patient care by helping improve access and precision, and decreasing costs along the patient care pathway. Continue reading

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Diagnostic Reading #33: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Making headlines: patient portals and radiologists have a role in patient centered care

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Diagnostic Reading summarizes the week’s top news in health IT and radiology.

This week’s articles include: the importance of patient engagement and successful use of online tools; predicting no shows in radiology; radiologists and their part in effective physician-patient communication; what it takes to succeed in cybersecurity; and radiologists’ important role in a new Alzheimer’s treatment study.

What functionalities should patient portal tools have to succeed?  – HIT Consultant.net

Although most hospitals experience dismal usage of patient portals—due to lack of both EHR interoperability and patient-desired features—the growth of other engagement solutions such as remote patient monitoring has transformed healthcare for many people. Patient engagement, once considered a lower priority in healthcare IT, is increasing in importance. Consequently, our population’s comfort with online tools will likely increase patient portal usage more once robust features/functionalities, easy usability, and effective promotion become the norm. Continue reading

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Clinical Informatics Applications in Radiology

Medical imaging and radiologic technologists remain frontrunners in changing healthcare paradigm

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Rad techs are frontrunners in changing healthcare paradigm

Lea la versión en español de este blog.

Kori Stewart, University of Hartford

The evolution and integration of clinical informatics platforms and applications in radiology departments is happening faster than we realize. It is imperative for Radiologic Technologists (RTs) to fully understand the impact and significance of the emerging health information technologies being used in medical imaging in order to provide quality patient-centered care and have greater insight into the bigger picture of healthcare’s future.

Digital imaging, alongside electronic health records (EHRs), has been at the forefront for some time. Also, the role of imaging informatics in radiology departments has proven beneficial in the care of the patient.  Radiologic Technologists utilize very technical equipment to produce medical images and clinical informatics platforms and/or applications to serve and care for patients. RTs continuing adoption of technology adds to their continued relevance in the healthcare system. Continue reading

Aplicaciones Informáticas Clínicas en Radiología

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Kori Stewart, University of Hartford

La evolución e integración de las plataformas y aplicaciones de informática clínica en los departamentos de radiología están ocurriendo más rápido de lo que creemos. Es imprescindible que los técnicos de radiología entiendan completamente el impacto y la importancia de las nuevas tecnologías de información de salud que se están utilizando en la imagenología médica con el fin de proporcionar atención de calidad centrada en el paciente y tener una mayor visión del futuro del cuidado de la salud.

La imagen digital, junto con los registros de salud electrónicos (EHR por sus siglas en ingles), ha estado a la vanguardia durante algún tiempo. Además, el papel de la informática de imagen en los departamentos de radiología ha demostrado ser beneficioso en el cuidado del paciente. Los técnicos radiológicos utilizan equipos muy técnicos para producir imágenes médicas y plataformas y / o aplicaciones de informática clínica para servir y cuidar a los pacientes. La adopción de la tecnología de RT sigue aumentando su relevancia en el sistema de salud.

La imagenología médica y los técnicos radiológicos siguen
siendo los primeros en cambiar el paradigma de la asistencia sanitaria

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Diagnostic Reading #32: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news this week: articles for radiologists new to the profession as well as seasoned HIT professionals

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This week’s articles include: radiation is not the only risk for pediatric patients; AI learns to predict schizophrenia from MRI brain scan; role of healthcare data governance in big data analytics; tips on how to select the right EHR replacement vendor and system; and Radiology Nation provides tools for radiologists in training.

Radiation not the only risk to consider when imaging pediatric patients – Radiology Business

When managing the care of pediatric patients, both referring physicians and radiologists know it’s important to consider the risks associated with radiation exposure. But according to a recent article in JACR, focusing too much on those risks and not considering other key factors can end up potentially harming the patient.

AI ‘learns’ to predict schizophrenia from brain MRI – Radiology Business

A collaborative effort between IBM and the University of Alberta in Canada has produced artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that are able to examine MRI exams and predict schizophrenia with 74 percent accuracy. The retrospective analysis also showed the technology was able to determine the severity of symptoms by examining activity in various regions of the brain. Continue reading

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