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Diagnostic Reading #26: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Quidditch and patient portals are in the news.

This week’s articles include: real and surprisingly common sports injuries from quidditch; the continued debate over mammography and possible breast cancer overdiagnoses; improving patient portals with Healthfinder.gov; radiology and the future of home reporting; and new report says healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches.

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Harry Potter is not the only injured quidditch player – AuntMinnieEurope

The Harry Potter-inspired game of quidditch results in real and surprisingly common injuries, according to researchers. At the recent U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC), researchers recommended that quidditch players should consider wearing protective helmets and gloves. Qualitative surveys and interviews have shown head and neck injuries, as well as injured collarbones and fingers, to be among the most frequent problems.

Is breast cancer overdiagnosed or isn’t it? The argument goes on – Health Imaging

The mammography debates continue as the New England Journal of Medicine recently published papers that advanced positions on avoiding breast cancer overdiagnosis. Meanwhile, the ACR posted a statement that countered these latest pieces, asserting that the papers are based on assumptions rather than direct patient data from respected studies and should not affect breast cancer screening policy.

Trusted content from Healthfinder.gov can improve patient portals – Health IT Buzz

The ONC Patient Engagement (PE) Playbook—created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology—helps healthcare professionals use health information technology to provide better care to patients. The PE Playbook focuses specifically on EHR patient portals, which allow both patients and healthcare teams easy access to patient health information. This access might lead to increased benefits in healthcare, including improved health outcomes and lower costs.

Home reporting: Is it friend or foe? – AuntMinnieEurope

According to some radiologists, the future of reporting might include having a workstation at home. Whether you’re a single reporter or part of a larger team, determination is a crucial factor in the success of a home-reporting service. From the planning phase to setting up and implementation, starting a scheme can be difficult in the early days but the end result is worth it, according to home reporters.

Report: Healthcare data breach costs remain highest at $380 per record – Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches. Healthcare data breaches cost organizations $380 per stolen record—more than twice the average global cost across all industries—according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study sponsored by IBM Security. According to the global report, “compliance failures” and “rushing to notify” were among the top five reasons the cost of a breach rose in the United States.

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