Diagnostic Reading #29: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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New this week: the human role in AI and cybersecurity; sonographers’ role in the UK.

This week’s articles include: artificial intelligence and the future of medicine; cybersecurity training strategies for employees; information technology tools assist daily radiology workflows; the increasing role of sonographers in the UK; and radiology residents lack training in patient communication.

Our health data—the most important medical discovery of our time – HIE Answers

Although the future of medicine includes artificial intelligence (AI), none of it will be possible unless we properly manage our medical data. Our own medical studies, pathology results, CAT scans, and lab values enable this medical revolution. This transformation in how we think about healthcare data poses many technical and ethical challenges. To enable breakthroughs, we must appropriately store, curate, and share immutable data.

These overlooked training strategies can help stop your staff from causing breaches – Healthcare IT News

Technology can do its part in protecting against cyberattacks, but user education is key to bolstering the human factor. Cybersecurity experts say there are different ways to look at user education and different ways to train during the educational process. According to the State of Cybersecurity Report from cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, one-third of businesses have suffered an insider-caused breach, with potential losses from each incident surpassing $5 million.

Case studies in radiology efficiency – Diagnostic Imaging

Information Technology (IT) tools might be the best way to help streamline radiology workflow while balancing daily responsibilities and concerns. IT advancements have been a hot topic in radiology for most of the decade, and now, the industry is seeing greater software and hardware adoption to smooth out daily work. In most cases, improved workflow means increased automation.

The role of sonographers: Future professionals across Europe? – Healthcare-in-Europe.com

Sonography is well established in many countries but most of all in the United Kingdom, where the healthcare system heavily relies on these professionals. The UK appears to be unique, where such professionals are entitled to not only perform an ultrasound examination but are also responsible for interpretation and reporting of the ultrasound findings. Although sonography skills are increasingly in demand, there are no European standards for ultrasound training, leading to inconsistent regulatory norms across countries.

Radiology residents lack training in how to communicate results to patients – Health Imaging

A recent study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology shows that radiology residents are not being trained on the proper way to communicate exam results to patients. The study found that while 91 percent of respondents had been asked to communicate results to patients, more than 83 percent had never actually been trained on the proper way to do so. Further, radiologists often need assistance with the development of these skills largely because they don’t have as many opportunities to practice.

Blog of the week: strong leadership can help advance improved patient care – Everything Rad

This week’s blog on Everything Rad summarizes presentations from AHRA 2017 on the importance of leadership and its role in improving patient care. It’s a nice companion piece to our earlier blog from AHRA on “Bringing Disney’s Magic of Customer Service to Radiology.”

Check back next Friday for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. #healthIT #radiology #sonographer #diagnosticreading



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