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

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

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

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

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

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

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

Forecasting the Enterprise Imaging Platform of the Future

NYU Winthrop Hospital reviews four drivers that will impact your  imaging strategy

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From presidential elections to wearable devices, there are multiple forces shaping healthcare. As administrative director at NYU Winthrop Hospital, it’s my job to make sure that our enterprise imaging platform can evolve with the changes.

MACRA, of course, will bring considerable change.  That topic alone is worthy of its own blog. For now, I will focus on four other key drivers that are shaping our enterprise imaging strategy for the future:

  • Impact of switching from fee-for-service to value-based care
  • Increased clinical collaboration
  • Patient engagement
  • Increased interactivity and interoperability

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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

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

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

image of American football with team standing in a huddle

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

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

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

Diagnostic Reading #28: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Increasing visibility of radiology and decreasing errors are in the news

This week’s articles include: an update to the radiologist patient-facing dataset; strategies on how to avoid errors in radiology; an approach to increasing public awareness of radiology; information on how to manage radiation dose in pediatric imaging; and results of imaging studies that provide clues about where Parkinson’s disease originates.

Neiman Institute updates the radiologist patient-facing dataset – Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute has updated the radiologist patient-facing dataset with 2015 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. This free resource allows radiologists to determine if they would be designated as patient-facing by CMS, which affects merit-based incentive system (MIPS) participation. The tool also allows practices to look up all the radiologists in their practice to determine if they are likely to be exempt under the MIPS group reporting option.Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph Continue reading

AHRA 2017: Bringing Disney’s Magic of Customer Service to Radiology


AHRA keynote: practical takeaways for imaging leaders

In the shadow of Disneyland, nearly 1,000 attendees at the 2017 AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management annual meeting, kicked off the week in Anaheim with a keynote from entertainer Chris Blackmore.  Combining humor and magic, Chris translated Disney’s famously successful customer service approach to practical takeaways for imaging leaders.

Radiology directors and imaging managers today are faced with managing lower reimbursement, volatile legislation, and stiff competition. It’s a lot to navigate, and the stakes are high. Chris urged attendees to realize that one of the few things they can control in the response to these pressures is delivering an outstanding patient experience.AHRA attendees at keynote

It is easy to focus on the day-to-day management of the radiology department – patient throughput, equipment utilization, and cost controls. But an outstanding patient experience will help your facility meet patient satisfaction goals tied to value-based care reimbursement models, and attract and retain referrals and patients in consumerized-healthcare environments. It will also help you truly offer the patient-centered care we all aspire to. Continue reading