Diagnostic Reading #3: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Acronyms are in the news this week: AI, EHRs, VBC, and ACR.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: deep learning can help diagnose diseases  accurately and quickly; value-based care will reinvigorate EHRs and boost AI; why many hospitals have lagged in adopting healthcare analytics; ACR data shows pediatric body CT exams on the rise; and more women are starting to be recruited into radiology.

Deep learning revamps how radiologists diagnose diseases – HealthTech Magazine

Picture of radiographer with a detector in their hand.

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Deep learning—a subset of artificial intelligence—offers the possibility to solve large data challenges and automate many smaller tasks. The goal is to move the technology into normal practice where it can help diagnose diseases more accurately and quickly. At the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science, researchers are using an NVIDIA integrated system to train deep neural networks to quantify biological tissue more accurately than a human. Watch the video to see how Carestream is applying deep learning in our Clinical Collaboration Platform.

Value-based care will reinvigorate EHRs, boost AI – Healthcare IT News

The future of value-based reimbursement efforts has been uncertain. Many healthcare organizations are pursuing newer strategies to replace traditional fee-for-service care while reducing costs and improving quality, but progress has been slow. However experts from Cedars-Sinai, CVS Health, Blue Cross NC, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care are optimistic about the future of value-based care in 2018 and beyond. Read the blog to learn the role of medical imaging technology in value-based care.

Why many hospitals have lagged in adopting healthcare analytics – Health Data Management

Nurses and physicians are starting to use healthcare analytics to deliver better care and patient outcomes. Widespread adoption has been slowed for several reasons: hospitals lack access to recent data; the data is siloed and difficult to find; or data is not delivered at the individual patient level.

ACR data shows pediatric body CT exams on the rise – Radiology Business

Pediatric body CT exams are on the rise in the U.S., especially among older children. Authors of an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology studied more than 411,000 single-phase pediatric CT exams of the abdomen/pelvis and chest/head that had been submitted to the registry from July 2011 to June 2016. They found the number of pediatric CT scans submitted to the ACR DIR “increased each year and nearly every quarter.”

How more women are starting to be recruited into radiology – Radiology Business

Compared to some medical specialties, radiology continues to struggle with diversity. However, specialists, leaders, teachers, and imaging societies throughout the United States are working hard to reverse that trend. According to Amy Patel, MD, breast radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor of Radiology at Harvard University Medical School, “Women are being treated more equally and are being given opportunities that perhaps they were not privy to [years] ago, particularly when it comes to leadership, governance, education and research.”

Blog of the Week: Radiology Metrics in Value-Based Care – EverythingRad

How can radiology prove that it is improving outcomes without raising cost? Or lowering cost without compromising outcomes? Some metrics are obvious, like reducing unnecessary duplication of studies, and improving the quality of our reports so they convey information more clearly. These we can embrace immediately. Others can be proven with the help of collaborative evidence.

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