Diagnostic Reading #5: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Headlines this week: health IT funding and ultrasound market are growing.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: night shifts take a toll on radiologists’ performance; analyzing stored medical image data population enables better health management and precision medicine; health IT funding set a record in 2017; growing use of ultrasound is forecast to drive a global growth rate of 5.1 percent; and digital technologies can help patients and providers deal with winter illnesses.

Night shifts take a toll on radiologist performance – Auntminnie

Overnight shifts and their resulting fatigue negatively affect the diagnostic performance of radiologists, with a 45% increase in time spent on cases and longer times for rendering a final diagnosis, according to a study in the JACR. Fatigue-induced effects such as requiring more time to read a case might translate into less-efficient interpretation. The results suggest that the physiological effects of overnight work need to be taken seriously.

Radiologist holding a detector.

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Analyzing stored medical image data helps picture the future – Tech Target

The analytics performed on medical images adds a new dimension to clinical data. Precision medicine and population health management benefit from the data contained in patient charts, electronic health records, and clinical images. Aggregated data may help oncologists and other specialists determine which treatments statistically work better for specific illnesses and conditions. Read the blog by the Royal Academy of Medicine on precision medicine.

AI funding tops $1 billion mark as mobile investments wane –  Healthcare IT News

Health IT funding set a record in 2017 with AI and predictive analytics as the top technologies funded—with patient engagement, telehealth and clinical decision support close behind. Worldwide venture funding for digital health startups posted similarly impressive numbers: $7.2 billion raised, representing a 42 percent uptick from the previous banner year of $5.1 billion in 2016. As providers make more use of their growing troves of health data, analytics technology was the top funded category, with the biggest focus area being artificial intelligence.

2018 will be strong year for ultrasound market – Auntminnie

After a year of mixed fortunes, the use of ultrasound is driving a global growth rate of 5.1%, notably higher than the 3.2% growth seen last year. The growth is occurring in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Read the blog on the growth of ultrasound for interventional radiology.

Can technology help in averting next winter crisis? – Digital Health

Primary care and urgent care providers are using digital technologies to respond to sharply rising demand for healthcare services this winter. Almost everyone agrees that the goal is to keep patients out of hospitals, which focuses attention on general practitioners and apps such as GP at Hand that cut waiting times by giving patients the option to video chat with their general practitioners. Doc Abode software provides quick, effective healthcare solutions to NHS patients at home by increasing the availability and accessibility of local clinicians.

Blog of the Week: Defining Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning – EverythingRad

If you attended a diagnostic imaging conference or read an industry publication in the past year, you likely heard the term “artificial intelligence”. If you’re unclear about its meaning– and its applications in diagnostic imaging – you’re not alone. In this blog, we’ll define artificial intelligence, deep learning, and machine learning – and explain their differences.

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