Diagnostic Reading #2: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: ‘radiologist’ a top career; healthcare created most jobs in 2016

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: ‘radiologist” landed at No. 45 on CNN’s list of the top 100 careers; many YouTube videos designed to educate patients don’t address important quality and safety concerns; radiology journals have limited articles on patient-centered care; tort reform might reduce defensive imaging; and healthcare created more jobs than any other industry in 2016.image of radiograph

CNN: ‘Radiologist’ among best jobs in U.S. – Auntminnie

What’s so great about being a radiologist? The career scored “A” grades in three of the four categories CNN used to rate careers: personal satisfaction, benefit to society, and telecommuting. It scored a “B” grade under the “low stress” category. Those factors earned “radiologist” the No. 45 spot on CNN’s list of the top 100 careers in the country.

How well is radiology using YouTube to educate patients? – Auntminnie

Imaging facilities have found YouTube to be a useful social media platform for educating patients about radiology procedures they are about to undergo. A new study published in the JACR reports all of the videos the team studied showed a patient undergoing the exam. Researchers reported the videos did a reasonably good job presenting content related to the patient experience but did not address important topics such as quality and safety concerns. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #1: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT & Radiology

Topics include: interoperability needs more progress; CDC increases Zika funding

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: the need for increased interoperability; patients who travel for medical care are creating opportunities for new hotels near specialty hospitals; study shows millions of Americans can afford medical coverage thanks to Obamacare; millions of Americans are purchasing prescription drugs outside the U.S.; and the CDC awards nearly $200 million in Zika funding.

Interoperability needs rapid progress in 2017 – Health Data Management

Making progress on interoperability will remain one of the main themes for 2017 within the healthcare IT industry. The use of EHRs has achieved penetration among healthcare providers that, 10 years ago, seemed unlikely. More than 95 percent of all hospitals have them in place, and nearly 80 percent of eligible professionals are using them. But despite the rush to digitize medical records, it hasn’t enabled significant improvement in medical care—at least not of the magnitude of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on EHR systems in the past 10 years. Continue reading

Radiology Trends 2017: What’s in Store for Diagnostic Imaging?

Radiology trends for 2017 include AI, wearable technology, the internet of things, and 3D printinglooking-for-radiology-trends

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Robert Dostie, Carestream Health

What can radiologists and others in the health imaging profession expect for 2017?

Hot radiology trends and topics in 2017 will reflect many of the discussions we overheard in the hallways at RSNA 2016. Technology will continue its race forward in artificial intelligence, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing. Some of these technologies are impacting radiology now. Others have gained a foothold in the medical profession and might trickle into diagnostic imaging.

“This is the most interesting time in the history of healthcare and medicine,” Zen Chu said in an interview with Medical Marketing and Media. Chu is Medical Director of Accelerated Medical Ventures and senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “We’ve got so many new technologies and redesigned experiences impacting both the value we deliver as well as the value patients are getting from healthcare.” Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #51: 5 “Must Read” Articles on HIT & Radiology

Headlines include imaging’s possible role in combatting food shortages; consumers want access to health records

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: PET imaging might play a role in studying pest resistance to help combat global food shortages; providers’ inability to share data hurts patient satisfaction; poll reveals Americans don’t want insurers to limit treatment decisions; unpaid caregivers are gaining recognition for their contributions to the delivery of healthcare; and a startup company will develop a mobile app to help opioid users in need of emergency care.

Researchers use radioactive tracer, PET imaging to fight hunger – Health Imaging

As the global population grows at a rate of 88 million people per year, researchers are using advanced nuclear methods to study pest resistance in corn that could make significant strides toward solving global food shortages.image of empty bowl

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Diagnostic Reading #50: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: providers face challenges when transitioning to value-based care; study shows married adults have a lower risk of death following strokes; telemedicine is top priority for state medical boards in 2017, microgreens have a macro-level impact on lowering LDL cholesterol; and making color and text changes to medication packaging can reduce error rates for elderly patients.

Providers experience challenges in transitioning to value-based care – Health Data Management

As providers seek to transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, they are encountering significant challenges, including limited access to claims data, risk-based insurance contracts, and investment capital. That’s the finding of a new survey of members conducted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which represents medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care. The second annual survey included 115 respondents representing 168 member organizations. Continue reading

5 Articles on HIT and Radiology from the Past Week – Diagnostic Reading #48

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 oDiagnostic Readingn 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

Aunt Minnie Names OnSight 3D Extremity System ‘Best New Radiology Device’

Customer Input Drives Carestream’s Engineering Innovation

Carestream was proud to receive the Aunt Minnie award for Best New Radiology Device at RSNA16 in Chicago. The prestigious award was given to Carestream for our innovative OnSight 3D Extremity System that brings a new modality and clinical value to the orthopaedic market.

Andrew Hartmann, Carestream’s Vice President and General Manager for ultrasound and cone beam CT; and Jim Burns, Chief Technology Officer, X-ray Solutions at Carestream, sat down at RSNA16 to talk about what drives the company’s product innovation. The dominant themes: customer input and innovation.

Carestream spends considerable time interacting with customers to design and refine its products. Customers at RSNA commented on different features in the product that they had proposed during the design process.

Similarly, about 100 sonographers, physicians, radiologists, radiology administrators, and sonography students from throughout the world touched, prodded, and gave feedback on Carestream’s Touch Prime Ultrasound product throughout its development.

A second theme in the conversation was innovation. 3D cone beam is a new modality and Carestream is making it available to a new market segment: orthopaedic offices. By doing so, Carestream is broadening the possibilities for clinical collaboration and changing the clinical workflow. By moving the modality closer to the patient, it paves the way for an improved patient experience. CBCT imaging provides more information to the surgeon over 2D X-ray with the added convenience of potentially fewer office visits for the patient.

Customer input and smart engineering innovation: it’s an award-winning combination. Listen to the full conversation between Jim Burns and Andrew Hartmann.

Carestream Expands DRX Detector Portfolio for Diagnostic Imaging

Growing portfolio supports diverse healthcare facilities

Sarah Verna, Carestream Health

Carestream transformed diagnostic imaging with the launch of our first wireless detector. The innovation continues today with our expanded detector portfolio that includes our DRX Plus and DRX Core detectors.

CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes offer a choice of gadolinium (GOS) or higher-resolution cesium (CsI). These detectors are available in the United States and Canada as well as many countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Carestream also offers a small-format DRX 2530C cesium detector designed for use with pediatric and NICU patients as well as for tabletop imaging.

DRX Plus detectors offer rapid image capture to help users achieve a streamlined workflow and deliver excellent DQE (detective quantum efficiency) to enhance image quality and lower dose. In addition, DRX Plus detectors have an IPX Level 57 rating for liquid resistance to the IEC standard 60529. A reduced weight and thinner profile allow even easier handling for radiology imaging.

We’ve also modified the Bucky in our DRX-Evolution Plus and DRX-Ascend systems to accept the larger-format DRX Plus 4343 detectors, which also can be used with the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System.

DRX Core detectors serve diverse imaging facilities

Our DRX Core detectors are designed to make high-quality DR imaging affordable for smaller imaging centers and hospitals, as well as urgent care facilities, specialty clinics, and mobile imaging service providers. The DRX Core portfolio includes wireless gadolinium and cesium detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes—as well as fixed 43 x 43 cm detectors with both scintillators.

DRX Core detectors can be used with Carestream’s DRX-Ascend System, DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits and our new Motion Mobile X-ray System (INVESTIGATIONAL-Not available for commercial sale). Up to two DRX Core detectors can be registered with each system at any time. Facilities can have a combination of eight DRX detectors registered with DIRECTVIEW Software on each imaging system for simultaneous use.

DRX Core detectors deliver a preview image in three seconds and full-resolution display in 12 seconds. They use the same battery as DRX Plus and DRX-1 detectors and can be used with Carestream’s DIRECTVIEW software or Image Suite software.

Want to learn more? See the video below and visit our website to see our full line of detectors and other innovative solutions for radiology imaging.

Sarah Verna

Sarah Verna is a Worldwide Marketing Manager at Carestream.

Best Places to Eat in Chicago at RSNA16 – Tips from a Local!

Going to RSNA 2016 in Chicago? Add these restaurants to your schedule!

RSNA16 is coming up fast and soon many of my colleagues will join me in Chicago. They occasionally ask me to suggest a good restaurant. I thought I’d share my recommendations for best places to eat in Chicago with the thousands of attendees who will soon arrive in the Windy City for RSNA2016. After a long day of educational sessions and walking the show floor, it’s nice to reconnect with colleagues over a good meal.   best places to eat in Chicago

Here is a list of some of my favorite places to eat. What recommendations would you add to the list?

Places to eat near the convention center – Chinatown

There aren’t any places within walking distance of the convention center, but you can take a quick cab ride to Chinatown and be back in under an hour.

My personal favorite for Asian cuisine in Chinatown is Joy Yee.  Besides full meals, they offer an extensive list of appetizers. You can also have them concoct a soup from your choice of broths, noodles, meats and other fillers.  2139 South China Place

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