Diagnostic Reading #43: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Rads need to consider patient interpretation of reports;  IT can help improve quality and efficiency of radiology.

This week’s articles include: a new advisory board for HIMSS UK; radiology report language is more important than ever; new imaging reveals lymphatic system in the brain; IT might be the key to improving radiology efficiency; and only half of vascular surgery patients receive follow-up imaging.

HIMSS UK announces members of first ever advisory board  – British Journal of Healthcare Computing

HIMSS UK recently announced the members of its first ever advisory board, which was formed to provide strategic oversight

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for the organization’s work and accelerate the development of a digital health ecosystem across the UK and Ireland. The board—which includes a panel of NHS representatives to ensure that clinical, patient-centered and frontline priorities shape HIMSS UK’s strategy—will guide the organization in its engagement with both existing suppliers to the NHS and other digital innovators to provide services for the service and public alike.

Why the language used in radiology reports is more important than ever – Radiology Business

Radiologists and patients tend to interpret certain phrases differently, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Further, now that more patients are reading their own radiology reports, today’s specialists must choose their language wisely. The authors found a “significant difference” between patients and radiologists when assessing the statistical likelihood for most phrases. They added that radiologists should attempt to use strategies to convey imaging results clearly and effectively.

New imaging approach reveals lymph system in brain – National Institutes of Health

Contrary to previously held beliefs, the body’s lymphatic system extends to the brain—a discovery that could revolutionize the understanding of many brain disorders involving immune-related inflammation, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and perhaps some mental health conditions. This assessment, which began to surface a few years ago, was discovered using a special MRI technique.

IT is the key to improving radiology efficiency – AuntMinnie.com

Information technology (IT) is the key to improving the quality and efficiency of radiology and to solidifying the role of radiologists in the era of value-based healthcare, according to a speaker at a recent webinar hosted by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). New IT tools such as artificial intelligence should be used proactively to enhance all aspects of radiology workflow, assisting radiologists and improving physician collaboration.

Only half of patients receive follow-up imaging after vascular surgery – Radiology Business

New research published in JAMA Surgery noted that only half of patients receive follow-up imaging after vascular surgery, even though ensuring patients undergo surveillance imaging after surgery is a key quality metric after many vascular procedures. It was determined that hospital participation in the Vascular Quality Initiative had little to no impact on follow-up imaging.

Blog of the week: RSNA 2017 Meeting Program – Everything Rad

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University will participate in the RSNA scientific program this year. Read the blog to learn about the upcoming talks at RSNA that will be specific to 3D cone beam imaging (CBCT) technology research.

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