Diagnostic Reading #14: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology
Mammography, VNA, and radiotheraphy make headlines.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: the decline in mammography utilization; how subspecialist radiologists provide value; healthcare and multi-cloud technology; vendor neutral archives; and the job of therapeutic radiographers.
Screening mammography utilization dropped in 2010 after years of growth, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The decline in utilization, the authors noted, seems to have been brought on by revised breast cancer screening guidelines released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009.
The cost of healthcare—especially advanced imaging studies—has been under scrutiny for several years, leading to countless discussions about what is and is not essential to patient care. In a recent commentary published by Academic Radiology, the author argues that image reinterpretation by a subspecialist radiologist can provide significant value and should not be viewed as wasteful or unnecessary.
Health orgs move to multi-clouds to enhance data sharing – Healthcare IT News
Healthcare organizations are increasingly adopting multi-cloud environments. Experts note it gives them the option to choose specific cloud service models and service providers to support an array of different initiatives and tasks. A recent report discusses the growing need for cloud technology in healthcare and why multi-cloud technology may be the best option for many healthcare organizations. Read the blog on cloud strategy here!
Vendor neutral archive (VNA) – Tech Target
This article spotlights the vendor neutral archive (VNA), a technology that stores medical images in a standard format and interface, making them accessible to healthcare professionals regardless of what proprietary system created the images. VNAs enable healthcare organizations to consolidate, standardize and archive images and data from different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) into a single, easily accessible and interoperable repository. Learn about the role of VNAs in collaboration and precision medicine!
The people that make radiotherapy possible: Part 1—therapeutic radiographers – Cancer Research UK
There are two types of radiographers working in hospitals: therapeutic and diagnostic. This article spotlights therapeutic radiographers who plan radiotherapy treatment using a customized CT scanner and administer radiotherapy using specialized machines called linear accelerators (or ‘linacs’).
New radiology equipment and medical printing solutions have the potential to improve an imaging center’s bottom line through increased patient throughput. But did you know that there is also a possible radiology equipment tax deduction through Section 179 for small businesses in the US? Read the blog to find out more!
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