Clinical decision support encompasses a variety of electronic tools at the point of care to facilitate decision-making on the part of clinicians. These include electronic order sets, patient alerts, and evidence-based medicine protocols. Stories here encompass the design, creation and implementation of clinical decision support tools as well as the benefits and pitfalls of using them.
Like other information technologies, radiology informatics is rapidly innovating. In the next five years, radiologists will enjoy better resolution and brightness of displays, as well as greater storage, networking, and processing power.
Radiologists today have a growing variety of mobile apps that can aid in decision making throughout the day, says Michael DAlessandro, M.D., a professor of radiology at University of Iowa College of Medicine and a pediatric radiologist at UI Childrens Hospital.
Clinicians are drowning in a sea of data from electronic health records; the more sophisticated systems have a zillion structured fields and a growing mound of unstructured data, says Michael Ethan Zalis, M.D., an associate radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Since 2009, RSNA has asked representatives of the National Library of Medicine to come to its annual conference to teach radiologists what types of databases and other tools are available that can assist them in their daily work.
Bostons Partners HealthCare and EMC Corp. have announced collaborative efforts to "improve the delivery of healthcare and the lives of patients" by developing an agile data and analytics platform.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its vision for health IT-enabled quality improvements over the next 10 years.
Analysis of data inside and outside of a healthcare facility can help identify when a breach is occurring and enable the organization to take proper mitigating actions, says Ken Bradberry, chief technology officer at Xerox Commercial Healthcare.
Researchers from the University of Michigan, the University and Colorado, and Marquette University have demonstrated differences of individual nurse performance in quality of care, based on individual nurse level data linked to patient-specific outcomes.
A new report details concepts for shared accountability in performance measures between clinicians and patients.
Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn. and xG Health Solutions, a Geisinger spinoff that opened in 2013, say they have exchanged clinical data in real-time within the Cerner Corporation EHR framework for an in-house app originally developed for the Epic EHR.
A team of surgeons at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital recently saved the life of a one-week-old baby with the aid of a 3-D printed model of the child's heart. The 3-D model was used as a guide for surgery on the child, who was born with a complex and deadly form of congenital heart disease.
Cleveland Clinic will expand its use of the IBM Watson supercomputer, using a newer Genomics Analytics cloud service to help oncologists deliver personalized treatment to cancer patients.
Electronic health record systems are not the only information technologies being leveraged in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. A coalition of IT vendors has been established to distribute free information and timely updates on Ebola through mobile and web-based apps to healthcare professionals and consumers worldwide.
Students attending healthcare training at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will soon have automated capabilities to track patients during mass casualty exercises.
While health analytics can help improve quality outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce costs, allowing healthcare organizations to draw specific actionable conclusions, they must embrace predictive analytics to realize the promise of personalized care.