Diagnostic Reading #14: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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In the news: imaging providers need to improve services for disabled adults; and rads might need to update their CVs.

This week’s articles include: HHS is on track to transfer 41% of its data to the cloud; imaging providers need to improve services for disabled adults; Italians report 30% drop in breast cancer due to screening; MRI might help determine treatment for patients with depression; and radiologists might want to update their CVs.

HHS goes from reluctant to eager cloud adopter – Health Management Technology

In 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported just 1% of all systems in the cloud. If all goes as planned, the agency will have almost 41% of all investments moving “in some way” to the cloud. One of the key turning points came when IT staff and mission owners tested tools and software. Moving the HHS financial management system to a shared service provider’s cloud also helped.

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Imaging providers need to do a better job of reaching disabled adults – Radiology Business

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population. Studies have found adults with disabilities utilize less preventative care in general, but colorectal cancer screening is especially troublesome. It’s an easily treatable disease with an intensive exam—which can create additional barriers to care. The recent uptick in colon cancer in young Americans underscores the need for widespread screening.

Italians report 30% drop in breast cancer due to screening – AuntminnieEurope

A breast cancer screening study of more than 400,000 Italian women found that screening attendance is associated with a reduction of nearly 30% for cancers stage II or higher. However, the authors suspect the new data probably won’t sway screening opponents.

MRI might help determine treatment for patients with depression – Diagnostic Imaging

Brain activity detected by functional MR imaging might help determine whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help individual patients recover from depression, according to a study. The study was designed so researchers could determine if a neuroimaging biomarker identified through MR imaging can aid in the selection of first-line treatment choice between cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or an antidepressant medication for treatment-naive adults with major depressive disorder. The study determined that different types of depression required specific treatments.

Radiologists – is it time to refresh your CV? – Diagnostic Imaging

Would your CV help you stand out from other radiologists applying for the position? Perhaps it’s time to update your CV.
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