Imaging technologies are highly advanced in the health care industry and have become commonplace in diagnosis and treatment. Yet managing and consolidating images in the contemporary clinical setting is a challenge. Read here about picture archiving systems, integration with electronic health records, image data standards, and storage and distribution issues across widespread networks.
Advanced diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the office setting, such as CT and MRI, continue to decline. Though the use of these imaging services grew rapidly during the decade starting in 2000, the rate of growth has declined in recent years.
Three years ago, Cleveland Clinic integrated radiology images into its Epic enterprise electronic health records system. During the past 18 months the organization has integrated many other types of images into the EHR as well. Though the task is still a work in progress, there are many lessons learned.
The first quarter of 2014 brought in an unprecedented level of venture capital for digital health ventures, according to start-up service company Rock Health.
Medical image exchange has emerged as a technology that hospitals across the US are leveraging to improve efficiency, workflow, outcomes, and physician/patient satisfaction. In a changing healthcare environment where every dollar counts, looking at its financial return is important, too. Read Cutting Costs and Increasing Revenue with Medical Image Exchange Technology to learn about the clinical and financial ROI opportunities image sharing can bring to your health care system.
A large-scale study of patients who underwent colonoscopies shows that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer, and that for each 1 percent increase in adenoma detection rate, there was a 3 percent decrease in colorectal cancer risk.
Radiologist professionals using computed tomography equipment that does not comply with new dose management standards published a year ago will see significant Medicare payment decreases starting in January 2016.
Physicians at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and engineers from Dartmouth College's engineering school have collaboratively developed a new approach to breast-conserving surgery. Dartmouth officials say the method simplifies the procedure for women whose breast cancer is too small to be felt.
Patients who wore special video glasses during minor medical procedures such as biopsies or catheter placements were two and half times less anxious than patients who did not wear the glasses, according to recent research from the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
The average life span of a combined radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system is about seven to 10 years, says medical imaging vendor Sectra. Technology advancement, regulatory updates, and increased complexity of managing images, billing, and patient and physician communication contribute to decreased efficacy of most RIS/PACs products. The company walks through the indicators that demonstrate it's time for a change.
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University are exploring the use of biocompatible scaffolding materials and three-dimensional printing to improve the prognoses of patients who need facial reconstruction.
An 18-month study at HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange serving western New York, finds more than 2,700 CT scans--10 percent of the total such scans of three parts of the body ordered during the period--were potentially unnecessary duplicate scans.
New initiatives from health information technology vendors announced in recent days includes the following:
Many radiologists in private practice may want to take a wait-and-see approach to meaningful use, despite missing out on the federal financial incentives for adopting electronic health records.
Vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises has significantly expanded its focus on the medical imaging software market.