Quidditch and patient portals are in the news
This week’s articles include: real and surprisingly common sports injuries from quidditch; the continued debate over mammography and possible breast cancer overdiagnoses; improving patient portals with Healthfinder.gov; radiology and the future of home reporting; and new report says healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches.
Harry Potter is not the only injured quidditch player – AuntMinnieEurope
The Harry Potter-inspired game of quidditch results in real and surprisingly common injuries, according to researchers. At the recent U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC), researchers recommended that quidditch players should consider wearing protective helmets and gloves. Qualitative surveys and interviews have shown head and neck injuries, as well as injured collarbones and fingers, to be among the most frequent problems. Continue reading
“Dirty data” and precision medicine make news
This week’s articles include: dirty data wanted for research; a blockchain distributed database might be viable for management of decentralized data; a three-modality molecular imaging system can detect certain types of atherosclerotic plaque that are more prone to rupture; technology leaders rate the state of precision medicine as a three on a scale of one to 10; and a new NIH precision medicine program wants 1 million plus participants to donate data as part of a genomics initiative.
Wanted: more data, the dirtier the better – Scientific American
Purvesh Khatri, a computational immunologist at Stanford University, has adopted a new approach to genomic discovery that calls for scouring public repositories for data collected at different hospitals on different populations with different methods. If a signal sticks around despite the heterogeneity of the samples, you can bet you’ve actually found something, according to Khatri. Continue reading
New this week: big growth for big data; HIT moves patient data to the cloud
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: expect growth for big data and analytics; researchers are learning better ways to harness the power of predictive analytics; new vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration could save children’s lives in developing countries; facial recognition software diagnoses rare diseases; and healthcare organizations move patient data to the cloud.
Big data, analytics to see double digit revenue growth through 2020 – Health Data Management
Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will reach $150.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 12 percent over 2016, according to a report from IDC. And these products and services are expected to maintain a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent through 2020, when revenues will be more than $210 billion, IDC said. Healthcare is among the industries that will experience the fastest growth in spending. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: the president of RSNA urges radiologists to expand their breadth of expertise; an RSNA16 presenter encourages radiologists to embrace evolving technology for cancer treatment; a new imaging technique could help create treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; the top three challenges for healthcare C-suite executives; and new 3D fetus modeling could help identify abnormalities.
RSNA President: Let’s get back to basics – Radiology Business
RSNA President Dr. Richard Baron’s opening address highlighted the dramatic impact of technology on the specialty and laid a roadmap for continuing to provide value-based care in a rapidly changing environment. He reports that physicians in other fields are becoming proficient at image interpretation, threatening the role of radiologists. He urged radiologists to focus on recapturing a breadth of expertise—learning about new diseases, drugs or surgical procedures—so they can provide additional value. Continue reading