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Diagnostic Reading #34: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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The path to a successful PACS upgrade, and radiology nurses and reports are in the news.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how radiology nurses can help ensure quality patient care; image analysis and its impact on radiologists; lessons learned from a PACS upgrade; whether or not structured radiology reports are helping physicians; and including radiologists on changes in EMR.

Radiology nurses can improve patient care in ways radiologists can’t – Radiology Business

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Overburdened imaging departments and staff shortages are compromising the efficiency—and communicative abilities—of U.S. radiologists, a clinician wrote in the Journal of Radiology Nursing this month. But radiology nurses might be undervalued as resources in the fight to ensure quality care. Communication errors aren’t limited to supporting staff, but malpractice claims that cite communication breakdown account for one-third of all nursing-related cases, according to the author.

Radiology and radiologists: a painful divorce – Healthcare In Europe

‘The profession of radiologist will change profoundly,’ predicts a professor of medical image analysis, during his talk at this year’s European Congress of Radiology. According to the speaker, the cause is automatic image analysis by computers and deep learning, the method with which a computer learns to analyze images not by features extracted by a radiologist, but directly from the images themselves. Read the blog by Dr. Eliot Siegel on the future of AI in radiology.

What is the starting point for a PACS upgrade? – Everything Rad

Healthcare provider LAUMC-RH shares their strategies and lessons learned for a successful PACS-RIS upgrade. Lesson #1 – start with the VNA. Read their blog to learn the rest of their suggested best practices.

Are structured radiology reports failing physicians? – Radiology Business

Structured radiology reports are becoming more common, allowing radiologists to work quickly and document key coding and billing information. But according to a recent commentary published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, today’s radiology reports are increasingly unhelpful. Read the blog on multi-media reporting in radiology.

Want radiologists on board for EMR switch? Ask them for input – Clinical Innovation + Technology

Changing EMR platforms without sufficiently considering the impact on radiology will require a major commitment of time and effort to address broken processes and technical barriers to radiology workflow integration, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The author stated that unless radiologists and radiology informatics specialists are integrated with the health system’s IT team, the hospital cannot function properly.

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