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

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

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

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

El Físico Médico en Radiología

Dra. María Luisa Chapel: “El físico médico es una figura imprescindible en la medicina radiológica actual”

Recientemente se han cumplido dos años desde que María Luisa Chapel, responsable del Servicio de Radiofísica y Protección Radiológica del Hospital Universitario Ntra. Sra. de Candelaria (Tenerife),  ocupase la presidencia de la Sociedad Española de Física Médica  (SEFM). La elección de Chapel, tuvo lugar en 2015 durante el congreso anual de esta sociedad científica celebrado en Valencia.

Chapel lleva más de 25 años trabajando  en el mundo  hospitalario y casi 20 como especialista en Radiofísica Hospitalaria; de hecho, desde la creación de la especialidad. La presidenta de la SEFM advierte que la Física Médica es una de las grandes desconocidas del mundo sanitario, tanto por parte del propio sector como de los pacientes, que no conocen “el trabajo que realizamos dentro de los hospitales”. En este sentido, considera que “debe apostarse por divulgar de forma amplia y comprensible, a la par que rigurosa, la profesión y la física médica”.

Everything Rad le ha entrevistado para que nos explique los cambios y las tendencias en el área de la física médica y, en qué medida, estos y otros avances van a contribuir al desarrollo futuro del diagnóstico por imagen y del cuidado del paciente. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #31: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Medical record storage, over-recommended mammograms, and point-of-care ultrasound are in the news

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This week’s articles include: Kaiser EDs implement head CT trauma rules that reduce utilization; how long should healthcare providers save medical images; U.S. physicians over-recommend mammography; more point-of-care ultrasound is needed in ambulances and in ED; and the ACR launches a project that brings the brightest imaging informatics minds together with industry stakeholders and patient advocates to discuss who can use and own patient data, what methods of communication are best, and how AI can be used.

Community EDs cut needless trauma CT using Canadian rule – Health Imaging

After implementing an established rule for selecting head CT for trauma patients, 13 Kaiser Permanente community EDs in Southern California reduced avoidable head CT utilization by 5.3 percent while improving their performance on injury identification, according to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Continue reading

Guess the X-ray: August Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?

Happy August!

It’s August and with every new month comes a new “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 July image challenge!  The correct answer was — a clock

Happy guessing and good luck!

Medical Imaging in the NFL

A radiology technologist gives his view from the sidelines

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NFL preseason kicks off Aug. 3!  For many fans, a player’s physical condition is as important as their number of sacks or passing yards. And of course, medical imaging plays an essential diagnostic role in the NFL.

At the annual AHRA conference in July, Anthony Anderson, radiologic technologist for the Seattle Seahawks for the last 15 years, gave attendees a behind-the-sidelines look at the role of radiology in the NFL.

Anderson said that all players participate in a pre-draft physical that includes an MRI. The players are scanned when they are healthy so physicians have a baseline image for comparison. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #30: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

AI’s influence on patient outcomes and phone interruptions to radiologists are in the news

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This week’s articles include: dangers of phone interruptions for reading radiologists; use of AI can help physicians predict and improve patient outcomes; new heart imaging method might predict heart attacks; PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer’s; and HIMSS Europe joins with Health 2.0 to coordinate 2018 digital health conference in Europe.

Phone interruptions can increase discrepancies – AuntminnieEurope

Both radiologists and referrers are far too quick to accept telephone interruptions. Telephone calls are one of the most frequent interruptions to reporting, and a call during the hour before completing a report may increase the chance of discrepancies by 12 percent. A study found that interruptions occur alarmingly often. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #29: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

New this week: the human role in AI and cybersecurity; sonographers’ role in the UKPicture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

This week’s articles include: artificial intelligence and the future of medicine; cybersecurity training strategies for employees; information technology tools assist daily radiology workflows; the increasing role of sonographers in the UK; and radiology residents lack training in patient communication.

Our health data—the most important medical discovery of our time – HIE Answers

Although the future of medicine includes artificial intelligence (AI), none of it will be possible unless we properly manage our medical data. Our own medical studies, pathology results, CAT scans, and lab values enable this medical revolution. This transformation in how we think about healthcare data poses many technical and ethical challenges. To enable breakthroughs, we must appropriately store, curate, and share immutable data.  Continue reading

AHRA 2017: Strong Leadership Advances Improved Patient Care

Leadership in healthcare was a pervasive theme at annual conference

Healthcare administrators from around the country attended The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting this month. Multiple learning sessions were offered for attendees to join and listen to their peers. A common theme throughout the sessions was the importance of leadership.

Chris Blackmore delivered the AHRA keynote combining humor, magic, and healthcare. He explained the importance of good leadership allowing team members to act, instead of react. He also made the connection that when managers provide knowledge, they also provide encouragement. Blackmore left attendees with this call to action: “If not me, who?” Leaders need to inspire their teams and set an example for them. If they won’t do it, who will?Leadership concept with rocket on chalkboard background

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) shared how they are putting leadership in healthcare in action. Eric B LoMonaco BS, CRA, RT(T), spoke about achieving 24/7 excellence in healthcare. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires hospitals to provide patients with the opportunity to complete a Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Continue reading