Diagnostic Reading #40: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Two new studies this week: US adults respond to AI; use of mobile technology during Ebola outbreak.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: medical workers may be exposed to higher radiation levels; many adults would trust AI for cancer diagnosis; where to invest in a digital infrastructure to ensure success; mobile text messages track health care use during acute medical situation; and diagnostic imaging challenges in rural areas.

Trump administration plans to scale back radiation regulation, will impact medical imaging and nuclear work sites – Health Imaging

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Scientific experts are worried that the Environmental Protection Agency’s pursuit of rule changes could weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated in the U.S., according to a recent report published by The Associated Press. Critics of the proposed change say it could lead to higher levels of radiation exposure for medical workers in regular contact with X-rays and CT scanners, as well as workers and people being in or near nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites.

Survey: 44% of US adults would trust AI for cancer diagnosis, treatment recommendation – Clinical Innovation+Technology

More than 40 percent of Americans would trust artificial intelligence (AI) for a cancer diagnosis, according to a nationwide survey. The survey also revealed that 60 percent of Americans are open to genetic testing to assess their risk of developing cancer.

How technology is transforming value-based care – Radiology Today

As the radiology industry consolidates and the healthcare world moves to a value-based model, radiology practices are seeing a new focus on upgrading their technology. Some say now is the time to embrace the digital tools that will not only enable a transition to value-based care models but also allow a practice to thrive over the long term. This article suggests where to invest in a digital infrastructure to ensure success. Read the blog on Radiology Metrics in Value-Based Care.

Text messages quickly track health care use during Ebola outbreak – Healthcare in Europe

A new study from the NYU College of Global Public Health and NYU Tandon School of Engineering used text message surveys to determine in real time how people used maternal health services during a recent Ebola outbreak and measured a drop in hospital-based births during the outbreak. Mobile technology has emerged as a promising tool for collecting data quickly, at a low cost, and across regions that are difficult to reach.

Diagnostic imaging challenges in rural facilities – Everything Rad

Healthcare facilities in rural and remote communities have a unique set of challenges, including diagnostic imaging, associated with their geographic isolation. The facilities operate very differently than their city counterparts. They are often smaller, yet they must provide a broad range of integrated health services, including medical imaging. Additionally, they provide their services to a more dispersed population.

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