Diagnostic Reading #12: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology
HIMSS interoperability measures and regulatory news from AHRA make headlines.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how to support HIMSS interoperability measures; survey results on radiologists’ discomfort at work and suggestions for future improvement; regulatory news from AHRA; a look at CT market trends and whether AI may play a role; and Sweden’s movement toward a holistic healthcare system.
Last fall, HIMSS published the Interoperability Call to Action, with guiding principles to inform health policy and spur our nation’s health sector to action. This article spotlights different ways how an organization can become a HIMSS interoperability ‘champion’ or ‘supporter’—one that supports nationwide, ubiquitous, secure electronic exchange of health information.
Beware of injurious culprits in the reading room – Radiology Business
Fatigue, stress, and burnout are hot topics among physicians, especially radiologists. Radiologists at Emory University were surveyed recently to determine the extent, severity, and impact of musculoskeletal discomfort on work. This article reports the survey results and offers ideas on improving reading spaces for the future.
Regulatory news – AHRA
AHRA’s regulatory news summary includes a CMS clarification of their policy regarding the applicability of modifier FY when images are performed using both CR and DR technology. Other recent news includes CMS’ announcement that they are creating a new modifier, QQ, for voluntary Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) reporting, and their newly released 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.
Will artificial intelligence sell more CT systems? – Aunt Minnie Europe
This article highlights some of the trends shaping the direction of the CT market and discusses how AI may play a role. For example, AI has made significant progress in the area of lung screening. While the outlook for AI’s influence on CT market demand looks positive, however, the initial hype and regulatory uncertainty surrounding AI adoption may be factors in the future.
Sweden moving toward a holistic healthcare system – HIMSS Europe
Sweden is on the verge of a major reshuffle of its healthcare IT infrastructures. More than half of the 21 Swedish regions are procuring or planning to procure new IT solutions now. Creating a patient-centric ecosystem that brings together digital services and real-world care is what these efforts are chiefly about, says Daniel Forslund, Commissioner for Innovation and eHealth at the Stockholm County Council.
3D weight-bearing computed tomography based on cone beam technology is perhaps one of the most exciting developments in foot and ankle radiographic imaging. In this week’s blog from the Weight-Bearing CT International Study Group meeting at AAOS 2018, we share remarks from Dr. Martin O’Malley. The doctor discussed how correlating weight-bearing views with other diagnostic imaging exams is valuable in determining a better treatment path for his patients, and that having the means to capture weight-bearing extremity images has led to improved patient care. Learn about Carestream’s OnSight 3D Extremity System.
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