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.
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.
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.
Radiologists want to do more to help fight elder abuse – Health Imaging
In a small yet important study at a large and influential hospital, 19 diagnostic radiologists were able to identify injuries suggestive of elder abuse. Only two of the participants had any prior training in this area—and all said they’d like to receive more. Prior to the interviews, the participants had red-flagged similar radiographic findings that often indicate child abuse.
In a first, brain-computer interface helps paralyzed man feel again – Health Management Technology
Nathan Copeland was in an accident that left him unable to feel any sensation in his arms and fingers. But sensation was regained a decade later through a mind-controlled robotic arm that he controls with his brain.
How organizations fall short in protecting data in the cloud – Health Data Management
Enterprise data protection strategies might not be fully aligned with IT modernization initiatives driven by cloud computing, according to a new report. The research shows that while enterprises continue to migrate workloads to the cloud at a fast pace, protection of cloud-based servers and applications has not fully evolved to meet enterprise requirements for business continuity and data availability.