Diagnostic Reading #17: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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What’s in the news this week? A bio-inspired imager, blockchain, and IDoR 2018.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: a spotlight on cardiac imaging to commemorate IDoR 2018; HIN’s healthcare industry trends for 2018; a new surgical camera 1,000x more sensitive; imaging scanner use is on the rise in Canada; and a pro/con discussion regarding blockchain technology and EHR.

Cardiac imaging promoted on International Day of Radiology – Aunt Minnie Europe

Cardiac imaging was recently promoted to honor this year’s International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2018), which will take place on November 8. Radiologists play an increasingly important role in cardiac care relative to coronary artery disease and other abnormalities. IDoR is an initiative of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

HINfographic: 8 healthcare industry trends for 2018 – Healthcare Intelligence Network

A new infographic by the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) examines eight key healthcare industry trends for 2018. HIN’s 14th annual business forecast is designed to support healthcare C-suite planning as leaders react to presidential priorities and seek new strategies for engaging providers, patients and health plan members in value-based care.

Bio-inspired imager improves cancer surgery – MedImaging

A new camera that mimics the intricate visual system of a butterfly can improve sensitivity in near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence image-guided surgery, according to a recent study. The single-chip multispectral imager is 1,000 times more sensitive and offers seven times better spatial co-registration accuracy than current clinical imaging systems.

Report tallies growth in imaging scanners in Canada – Aunt Minnie

The number of MRI scanners in operation in Canada has grown 65% over the past 10 years, while the number of CT scanners has increased 35% over the same period, according to a recent report published by the nonprofit Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Canada is often compared—both favorably and unfavorably—with the U.S., where imaging is much more prevalent but concerns regarding the overuse of imaging technology have surfaced.

Blockchain and electronic health records: hype or problem solver? – HIMSS Europe Insights

Blockchain technology is promising for EHR data in a number of ways—among them interoperability and data sharing, data security and the fact that it can enable aggregation of patient-generated data. While some say blockchain creates peace of mind by safeguarding data integrity, others caution the current excitement around blockchain in healthcare is largely hype.

Blog of the week: 3D Extremity Imaging in Orthopaedic Practice – Everything Rad

Twin Cities Orthopedics recently installed the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System at our clinic in Woodbury, Minnesota. Read the blog to learn about the experiences we gained at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting this year.


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