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Cynthia E. Keen
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 - enterprise imaging

Imaging informaticists are moving outside the department of radiology to impose order on the deluge of images generated by other care providers

 - Austin Radiological Association

Radiology is an IT-intensive specialty, one that mandates an investment in information technology (IT)—and continuous updates— that is substantially greater than other medical specialties.

 - Look to the Future

The radiology department of the future already is under construction in departments throughout the country

 - Auto-PERCIST breast CA

Imaging informatics finds a new frontier in clinical quality improvement.

 - Brain

An act of Congress opened the door for clinical decision-support for advanced imaging in U.S. hospitals: The radiologist is key to the initiative’s success

 - bandaide

The latest attack on mammography raises a couple of compelling questions for radiology: how to manage the damage and how to improve results

 - Tightrope

As health systems prepare for value-based health care, CIOs walk a tightrope between consolidating enterprise IT and providing the functionality that radiologists require

As citizens and the media debate the cost and growing pains associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Cuckler et al¹ (at the CMS Office of the Actuary) predict that aggregate health-care spending will grow at an average annual rate of 5.8% from 2012 to 2022, outpacing the projected growth rate of the US gross domestic product (GDP) by 1%. In 2022, nearly one-fifth of the GDP (19.9%) will be spent on health care, they estimate.

Ask any health–IT executive for a synonym for change, and a probable response is merger/acquisition. The rapid pace of consolidation among physician practices, individual hospitals, hospital enterprises, and hospital-chain corporations has generated an unprecedented level of organizational, operational, and technological change.

When hospital executives express dissatisfaction with professional radiology services, local radiology practices should put on their nimble-response shoes and communicate. If they don’t, national teleradiology companies will, and the experience at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut is a case in point.