Radiology trends for 2017 include AI, wearable technology, the internet of things, and 3D printing
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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
Patient portals, teleradiology and healthIT security gaps are in the news
Articles include: use of virtual reality technology to alleviate pain; what patients want in a patient portal; many mobile devices pose security gap; the job outlook for radiologists is bright; and teleradiology is gaining acceptance as demand increases due to better technology and higher ER imaging volumes.
Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of Virtual Reality – Health Data Management
It’s still a new and experimental approach, but proponents of virtual reality say that it can be an effective treatment for everything from intense pain to Alzheimer’s disease to arachnophobia to depression. The idea is that the worst pain can be alleviated by manipulating the way the human mind works: the more you focus on pain, the worse it feels. Swamp the brain with an overload of sensory inputs and a person’s consciousness of pain, anxiety or depression can be reduced.
What keeps patients from adopting patient portals, health IT? – Health Management Technology
Despite the fact that patient portals often receive industry praise, the technology suffers from a number of user frustrations and critiques. Understanding the differences in patient portal interfaces and using pilot groups to determine which seem most navigable might help healthcare organizations avoid patient complaints about portal usability. Continue reading
This week’s articles include: patients’ desire to read their radiology reports; new telehealth ethical guidance from the AMA; a survey reports both payers and managed care organizations are interested in adopting telemedicine
technology; a research study reports more than 75 percent of healthcare organizations plan to move IT systems to a public cloud within the year; and a joint HIMSS/SIIM white paper identifies seven key elements to a successful enterprise imaging program.
Do patients want to read their radiology reports? – Auntminnie
Radiology reports aren’t just for referring physicians anymore. In fact, more than 50% of patients who have online access to their reports read them — and want to discuss the results with their radiologist, according to a new study published online in Academic Radiology.
Telemedicine, live consults with radiologists and ‘zooming out’ on mammograms are in the news
This week’s articles include: acute and long-term care gain prominence; in Syria, telemedicine helps deliver care where medical personnel are in danger; referring physicians prefer to talk to radiologists rather than use decision-support software; patient wait times are still considered unacceptable at the VA; and Dutch radiologists found some
breast tumors are easier to detect from 1.5 m away.
Post-acute IT ‘getting interesting’ as attention turns to EHRs, analytics and interoperability – Healthcare IT News
As the ACO movement gains momentum, providers of both acute and long-term care are gaining prominence as valuable players in the overall delivery of health care. When the Office of the National Coordinator put together the EHR and interoperability initiative in 2004, long-term care got nary a mention. And as recently as 2009, LTC providers were left out of the multi-billion-dollar incentive from the American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act because designers didn’t consider their relevance for the program.
In perilous Syria, telemed goes where doctors might be targets – Clinical Innovation+Technology
Medical personnel are often in peril in the brutal civil war in Syria. Physicians for Human Rights estimated that more than 350 medical facilities have been attacked resulting in the deaths of more than 700 healthcare workers since 2011. Now telemedicine is being deployed to ease the strain, according to healthcare workers at a refugee camp in Lebanon.
ACR 2016: Referring doctors favor consults over software – AuntMinnie
Referring physicians prefer to talk to radiologists rather than use decision-support software when deciding which imaging exams are appropriate for their patients, according to a presentation delivered at the American College of Radiology annual meeting (ACR 2016) in Washington, DC.
Radiology consults, healthIT data breaches and telemedicine make the news
This week’s articles include: study shows that delivering personalized care to patients could increase revenues; referring physicians appreciate the value of virtual consultations with radiologists; genomic sequencing is becoming an attractive option; the healthcare industry accounted for the highest number of data breaches among service industries in 2015; and big data analytics, telemedicine and wearables rank high among $1.4 billion worth of healthIT investments in 2016.
Study finds cutting-edge customer experience could boost revenue by 16% – Clinical Innovation+Technology
A more individualized customer experience could drive revenue up by 16 percent, according to C-suite executives in a study conducted by Oracle. Healthcare organizations could avoid missed opportunities by implementing tools for self-service to better serve the 77 percent of patients who say they want a more personalized experience.