Diagnostic Reading #38: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Headlines this week include imaging reveals concussed athletes might be returning to field too soon; telemedicine racks up savings.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: the Apple Watch pushes further into healthcare; barriers to radiology research; concussed athletes might be playing too soon; a sports radiologist shares an inside look at the profession; and telemedicine helps a hospital save up to $1M every year.

Apple unveils Watch Series 4 with FDA-approved ECG – Healthcare IT News

Apple recently released their Apple Watch Series 4 and, in so doing, confirmed speculation that the new device would bring ECG features cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is the first FDA clearance for Apple and pushes the watch further into healthcare than ever before, as it has both an atrial fibrillation-detecting algorithm and an ECG built into it.

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Shift in culture key to removing barriers to radiology research – Radiology Business

Diagnostic radiology residents report limited time, interest, and mentor opportunities as barriers to research, according to a study published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. Study authors noted a recently published report that states radiology has fallen behind other specialties when it comes to research participation and publication—and key factors limiting successful research include lack of departmental support and an increasing work load.

Advanced imaging reveals concussed athletes may be returning too soon – Health Imaging

Brain MRI scans of concussed university hockey players showed the protective tissue insulating brain cell fibers becomes jarred loose two weeks after injury—despite being cleared to return, research published in the Frontiers in Neurology revealed. One researcher noted that this is the first solid evidence in humans that concussions loosen myelin, and athletes may be returning to play sooner than they should.

A day in the life of a sports radiologist – Everything Rad

What’s it like to be a sports radiologist? Dr. Murray Howe, head of Sports Medicine Imaging for Toledo Radiological Associates, describes it as “incredibly fun, challenging, and exciting.” Read his blog to learn more about this specialty area of diagnostic imaging. Hockey sports fans will be interested to know that his father, Gordie Howe, was a professional ice hockey player for 32 seasons in the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association.

Telemedicine racks up $1 million in cost avoidance savings for Tallahassee Memorial – Healthcare IT News

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital regularly saves upwards of $1 million per year in cost avoidance through its real-time video telehealth platform, despite not being able to bill for a vast majority of the telemedicine services it provides. The technology also improved patient health—especially among the vast rural patient population served by the non-profit community hospital.

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