Diagnostic Reading #14: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: imaging providers need to improve services for disabled adults; and rads might need to update their CVs

This week’s articles include: HHS is on track to transfer 41% of its data to the cloud; imaging providers need to improve services for disabled adults; Italians report 30% drop in breast cancer due to screening; MRI might help determine treatment for patients with depression; and radiologists might want to update their CVs.

HHS goes from reluctant to eager cloud adopter – Health Management Technology

In 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported just 1% of all systems in the cloud. If all goes as planned, the agency will have almost 41% of all investments moving “in some way” to the cloud. One of the key turning points came when IT staff and mission owners tested tools and software. Moving the HHS financial management system to a shared service provider’s cloud also helped.

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Imaging providers need to do a better job of reaching disabled adults – Radiology Business

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population. Studies have found adults with disabilities utilize less preventative care in general, but colorectal cancer screening is especially troublesome. It’s an easily treatable disease with an intensive exam—which can create additional barriers to care. The recent uptick in colon cancer in young Americans underscores the need for widespread screening. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #6: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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-imagingBusinessman Giving Money To Doctor 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

See Carestream’s Innovative Imaging & Health IT Solutions from RSNA16

Watch this RSNA16 booth tour to see our broad portfolio of products!

RSNA16 was a dynamic event, brimming with new advancements in radiology. It’s tough to absorb all the innovation and information while you’re at the show. Here’s your chance to get a first – or second! – look at all the products we displayed at RSNA16.

Some of the highlights from our growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging products included:

  • OnSight 3D Extremity System that earned both the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation and AuntMinnie’s “Best New Radiology Device”for 2016. This compact cone beam CT system offers high-quality, lower-dose 3D imaging technology for capturing weight-bearing and other types of patient extremity images.
  • CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors that are faster and lighter than previous models, and DRX Core detectors designed to make reliable, high-quality digital X-ray imaging affordable for healthcare providers of all sizes.
  • CARESTREAM DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy systems that perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a patient’s radiography image, and
  • Carestream’s Touch Prime family of ultrasound systems that allow sonographers and clinicians to gain better visualization of small structures as well as contrast differences in tissue for radiology, OB/GYN, musculoskeletal and vascular applications.

Our healthcare IT portfolio was also in the spotlight. It includes a Unified Core architecture for our Clinical Collaboration Platform that enhances security as well as interoperability, and complements healthcare providers’ existing IT systems. This architecture delivers clinical image data acquisition, viewing, sharing and archiving, and allows healthcare facilities to add features as needed. Physicians can access our Vue Motion universal viewer to easily view and share patient medical images and reports using mobile devices.

Watch all our videos from RSNA16 on our YouTube channel!

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Radiology: 2016 Year in Review

Everything Rad: Top 7 Blogs in Diagnostic Imaging

As 2016 winds down, we take time for a Radiology Year in Review on Everything Rad.  There was considerable innovation and disruption in radiology and health IT imaging in 2016. The themes and conversations at diagnostic imaging sites and in media publications were reflected in our blogs. For our 2016 Radiology Year in Review, we are sharing the 7 blogs from Everything Rad that generated the most shares and likes.

What would you like us to write about in 2017? Would you like to be a guest author?  Post your suggestions and comments on this blog or email us at socialmedia@carestream.com.  We’d love to hear from you.

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Baystate Health’s Regional HIE Invites Outside Providers to Participate to Help Enhance Patient Care

Baystate Health is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes five hospitals and more than 90 primary and specialty care practices serving a region of western Massachusetts with 800,000 residents. Patients that come to their facilities are also visiting other facilities outside of their network. Neil R. Kudler, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baystate Health, shares the steps that Baystate Health is taking to reduce the chance that patients might be at risk of receiving duplicate procedures and imaging exams.

Reducing Sonographer Injuries Takes a Team Approach

Ultrasound is growing in popularity and its increased demand is impacting sonographers’ workload. An increase in the number of exams is placing added strain on sonographers who are already at risk of injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motions. The risk of injury can be minimized if sonographers, hospital and radiology department managers, and manufacturers work together. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #47: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

This week’s Diagnostic Reading include: researchers develop a way to tune the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals; 3D printers can create detailed models that help surgeons prepare for complex Chronic Pain operations; an implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk; a genetic test can determine risk of having children with cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy; and radiology practices must grow to maintain viability.

Research shows way to “tune out” chronic pain – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Researchers from the U.K. have uncovered a method to control chronic pain by changing the frequency of brain waves. Chronic pain effects up to 30 percent of people, with 62 percent of people over the age of 75 experiencing pain. The team studied nerve cells and their frequency of communication to the body to develop a way to “tune” the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals.

Unlocking the potential of 3D printing in radiology – Health Imaging

A 3D printing lab in the radiology department can bring a wide range of benefits, including improved surgical preparation, trainee education and inter-departmental collaboration, according to Mayo Clinic physicians. 3D models are used to prepare doctors for complex surgical and image-guided interventions. For example, surgeons practice deploying aortic grafts on detailed hearts, complete with simulated blood pumping through artificial veins, and use the models to determine the best way to approach a tumor resection.

Implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk – Clinical Innovation+Technology

A team of neurosurgeons has successfully implanted a device in paralyzed monkeys that allows them to walk, which may lead to improved care for humans with paralysis. A surgeon was able to place electrodes in the brain responsible for controlling leg movement and the spinal cord. The device can be turned on and syncs with brain signals to allow the patient to walk. Implanted electrodes communicate with a wireless transmitter on the outside of the skull and record muscle activity.

Amazon brings genetic testing to your front door – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Genetic testing can determine a parent’s risk of having children effected by cystic fibrosis (CF) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). One company developed a genetic test that is available from Amazon. The test takes the saliva of both parents and tests for both CF and SMA. This can be crucial knowledge, since one in 19 Americans are a carrier of CF or SMA, which means the child of two carrier parents has a 25 percent chance of having these diseases.

Private radiology practices must expand or get left behind – DotMed Healthcare Business News

The latest Radiology Business 100 survey of private radiology practices came out last month and the message is clear: radiology practices need to grow to maintain viability. While the study did not reveal specific revenue data, in general the revenue picture for large practices is better than smaller practices.  Average practice size crept up from 52 full time equivalent radiologists in 2015 to 53.5 in 2016.

Check back next Friday for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. #healthIT


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

Fitness trackers, Facebook, and apps are in the newsMoney and Healthcare

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: analysis indicates healthcare spending does not translate to better outcomes; fitness trackers can help surgeons monitor patient recovery; ED providers lack knowledge about patient radiation dose from various modalities; Facebook posts can reveal warning signs for mental illness; and a smartphone app can detect autism in less than a minute.

Getting better healthcare for much less money – Health Management Technology (Forbes)

According to a recent statistical analysis, medical care determines only about 11 percent of health—far less than individual behavior (38 percent), social circumstances (23 percent), and genetics and biology (21 percent). Evidence demonstrates that much of what is spent on healthcare does not translate into better health outcomes. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #45: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Radiologists taking on larger educational role

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Diagnostic Reading summary includes: radiology is educating patients through informative online videos; radiologists can affect public health through their role in cancer screening; data collected from EHRs, registries, and wearable technology can be valuable sources of data in helping the FDA make regulatory decisions about the safety and effectiveness of medical devices; If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging results he or she perceives to be bad news, could the radiologist be held responsible?; and a U.S. doctor with cancer smuggled in a vaccine from Cuba and it appears to be helping.

Lights, camera, imaging! Online videos can have a big impact on radiology – Health Imaging

The radiology industry continues to find new ways to take advantage of technological advances. According to a recent study, radiology is now educating patients through informative online videos. One of the first thing patients do when they think they might need an examination is look it up online—and when those frantic searches reveal helpful video content, it’s going to help answer a whole lot of questions. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #41: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: work-related injuries plague sonographers; radiologists want to help fight elder abuse

News for radiology and health IT professionals

Articles include: sonographers are vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain; proactive outreach to patients improves outcomes; radiologists want to do more to help identify and eliminate elder abuse; a brain-computer interface helps paralyzed man feel again; and a new report says enterprise data protection strategies might not be fully aligned with IT modernization initiatives driven by cloud computing.

Sonographers remain vulnerable to musculoskeletal pain – AuntMinnie

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders still remain a problem for sonographers according to a recent survey. However much can be done to improve sonographer working conditions and decrease the prevalence of pain. Researchers recommend optimal visual conditions, adjustable components of the ultrasonic machine and the computer workstation, and education concerning ergonomic guidelines.

Direct outreach to patients by HIM professionals improves outcomes, patient satisfaction – Health Management Technology

Proactive outreach to patients by HIM specialists increased the use of a personal health record, improved outcomes and satisfaction, and enhanced communication between health IT specialists and providers. A unique patient outreach program deployed a personal health record coordinator to meet with patients to explain the benefits of a personal health record. The program includes a hands-on approach for removing barriers and engaging families. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #40: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology from the Past Week

Threats, burnout, and demand for radiology top the news

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Articles include: the three biggest threats to radiologists; marketing tactics for imaging service providers; a survey of 2,000 patients reported they want radiologists to read their imaging exams; a study that shows 49% of radiologists feel burned out recommends they try to improve their life balance before making career changes; and an initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to collect and analyze cancer data is starting to take off.

The 3 biggest threats to radiology – AuntMinnie

Three trends might degrade the role of radiologists: demand for imaging is moving out of hospitals; bundled payments and capitation turn imaging into a cost rather than a profit center; and machine learning is on the rise.

Tactics for marketing a radiology department – Radiology Business

A paper described the need for imaging service providers to have a successful business strategy that involves marketing tactics focused on patients and different efforts that target referring physicians. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #38: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology from the Past Week

EHRs and security threats for healthIT and rads taking a leadership role are in the news

Articles include: Mamba ransomware is attacking healthcare, crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives; University of Texas breast radiologists are calling for the creation of a national imaging repository in the cloud; Apple designers work to expand its HealthKit to aid in diagnosis; Electronic health record data could hold the key to predicting the onset of sepsis; and most physicians are using some digital tools and expect to increase the use of assistive technologies in the near future.


New virus disables computers by encrypting hard drives – Health Data Management

A new strain of ransomware called Mamba is circulating through multiple industries including healthcare and crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives. So far there really isn’t much that can be done except pay the ransom to gain a key to decrypt the hard drive, experts say. Ironically, Mamba emulates protections found in commercial data security products, but uses the protections against the victim.open lock

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