Diagnostic Reading #23: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Lessons learned from COVID-19 are in the news.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how to utilize imaging data gleaned from the pandemic; the root causes of patient safety incidents; why the pandemic may affect female radiologists more; factors that can influence radiology practice recovery post COVID-19; and emerging cyber-security trends.
3 strategies to leverage medical imaging data during the pandemic – Imaging Technology News
Hospital radiology departments have been challenged to balance the volume of incoming patients who are ill with COVID-19 with the complexities of managing infection control in a busy imaging department. With this, another important asset has emerged—the convergence of imaging, lab and electronic health record (EHR) data that contains valuable information about how rapidly changing operations can be adjusted and optimized to better manage capacity, while reducing exposure risk. This article provides examples of data-driven insights that could be gleaned from medical imaging data to assist in managing the post-COVID-19 buildup.
Patient safety issues in radiology: part 2 – Everything Rad
What are the root causes of adverse patient experiences in radiology? Often they are human error, miscommunication, and inadequate training and policies. In the second part of this series, Dr. Cheryl Turner explores the topic using real life examples. Read part one of the series.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected all aspects of the imaging profession, it may be female members of the field who are taking the brunt of its impact, according to an expert discussion from the American Association of Women in Radiology during the American College of Radiology’s recent online annual meeting. Female radiologists have been forced to take on extra work in recent months while attempting to balance caring for family members along with other duties, leading to plummeting productivity. An article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology pinpointed teleconferencing as another source of frustration for female physicians during the crisis.
6 factors that will influence imaging volume in COVID-19 recovery – Diagnostic Imaging
As imaging volumes begin to rebound nationwide, radiology practices and departments are likely to experience recoveries in different ways and on varying timelines. Radiologists at Stanford University School of Medicine—who saw a 46-percent decline in their imaging volumes but began steadily re-introducing imaging services nearly a month ago—identified several variables that can directly impact a facility’s imaging volume recovery and recently shared their findings in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Due to the recent unprecedented challenges in healthcare, the industry has experienced technology shifts that could be permanent—including virtual medical appointments and using connected medical devices to monitor patients recuperating at home. For healthcare cybersecurity leaders, this presents both a challenge and an opportunity to accelerate security initiatives. This article shares three positive and lasting trends the industry can expect to see more broadly adopted in this post-pandemic reality.