Health imaging, contact sports and patient engagement are in the spotlight

This week’s articles include: a radiologist spearheads improvements at a Texas hospital; measurable changes can occur inside young athletes’ brains in a single season of contact sports; patient engagement is becoming essential to getting maximum payment for services; a study reports that one-third of radiology recommendations went unacknowledged at a Boston facility; and admissions growth for U.S. hospitals is unlikely to be repeated in 2016.

How radiologists can lead the way in healthcare quality improvement – Health Imaging

When quality improvement efforts at the Baylor College of Medicine stalled out due to multiple staffing disruptions and a general lack of coordination, it was a radiologist who took the challenge head-on, according to Emily Sedgwick, MD, an assistant professor and author of a recent article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Changes to brain cells measurable after one season of high school football – Health Imaging Carestream-head-trauma

A single season spent playing contact sports is all it takes for measurable changes to occur inside young athletes’ brains, according to results of a study recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas used helmets capable of recording data related to head impacts, then used MRI and diffusional kurtosis imaging to measure changes in neural cellular structures. They found that even when no concussion occurs, athletes experience neurological changes at the cellular level after just one season.

This week’s articles focus on the role information technology will play in the moon shot for healthcare, topics CIOs should consider when managing PACS technology, the persistent value of the stethoscope, a program in which radiologists learn how to give patients good and bad news, and a projection that U.S. funding for on-demand healthcare companies will quadruple to reach $1 billion by the end of 2017.

Health spending in 2015 eclipsed $3.2 trillion a year, or 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. CMS projects healthcare spending to reach $4.3 trillion by 2020 (18.5 percent of Diagnostic Reading PACSGDP) and $5.4 trillion by 2024 (19.6 percent of GDP). Here are six critical components for a moon shot that would give healthcare a chance to reach the ultimate goals it needs to achieve. Information technology isn’t the only answer in many of these, but it can play a powerful supporting role.

PACS can represent a particular challenge for CIOs. The technology has evolved from being confined to a silo within the radiology

This week’s articles focus on: automated email messaging to engage patients in their own care; five healthcare trends to watch in 2016; why the IT transformation is creating a growing need for CIOs; adding an annual pledge for healthcare facilities that participate in the Image Wisely program; and the move to spend more healthcare IT dollars on analytics, patient engagement, customer relationship management and cybersecurity.

A healthcare startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by “automating” physician empathy and told Waller Diagnostic Reading, Patient Engagementits messaging technology would improve their satisfaction and help keep them out of the hospital. High satisfaction scores and low readmission rates mean higher reimbursements from Medicare, so Waller was intrigued. So far, she’s been surprised at patients’ enthusiasm for the personalized—but automated—daily emails they receive from their doctor.

Incorporating patient-generated data to assist diagnosis.

Demonstrating the APP for Fosters

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From time to time, we report news and perspectives on the latest in healthcare app development, and the use and potential for new apps in healthcare, and especially radiology.

Incorporating patient-generated data to assist diagnosis.

Several key trends in healthcare are converging to change the way we collect and employ data to help clinicians collaborate for the benefit of patient outcomes. Patient portals today often give patients the ability not only to view their own medical records, but also to supplement them with personal observations and findings that can often aid the clinician in a diagnosis and in the evaluation of a course of treatment.

A recent Harvard Business Review article by John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) describes how this newly possible collaboration between a patient and his doctors

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This week’s articles describe the high priority radiologists Diagnostic Reading #5 - Radiology and Health IT Articlesplace integrating PACS with an EHR, expected growth for the global ultrasound market, patients’ desire for personalized treatment, Radiology Today’s top picks for areas within the imaging space that promise the greatest innovations and a study that indicates mentally demanding activities may play an important role in maintaining a healthy brain.

With such a wide variety of PACS and electronic health records (EHRs) in the marketplace, decision-makers at hospitals and private practices have a lot to consider when purchasing new equipment. If they want to keep their radiologists happy, they may want to make sure the PACS can be properly integrated with the EHR. According to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, an integrated EHR is a bigger priority to radiologists than having access to the most advanced clinical features.

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Several top news sources recently published articles that contain helpful insights for radiology and healthcare IT professionals

This diagnostic reading articles describe how the Internet and mobile technologies have led to higher patient expectations, why radiologists need to maintain good relationships with other clinicians and patients to be effective, nine trends to watch in 2016, patient opinions on acceptable ways to share their health information and the latest tactics being employed for cancer detection and treatment.Carestream Diagnostic Radiology Articles

Eight-nine percent of healthcare providers say technology has changed patient expectations, according to a recent EMC report. Respondents to the survey, which polled 236 healthcare leaders from 18 countries, said more than half of their patients wanted faster access to services. 45 percent wanted 24/7 access and connectivity and 42 percent wanted access on more devices. Another 47 percent said they wanted “personalized” experiences.

While office colleagues are integral to a radiologist’s success, they can’t be the only other players to comprise the team. To be truly effective, radiologists must cultivate and maintain open relationships with other stakeholders – referring physicians, hospitals, technologists, and, most importantly, patients.

Another week means another edition of Diagnostic Reading, This week's topics focus on mammography screening volume, cyber attacks on healthcare organizations, CT use in children's hospitals, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and patient-radiologist communication. Higher Screening Mammo Volume Equals Better Outcomes - AuntMinnie According to a study published