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February/March 2011

By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Image sharing yields an impressive host of benefits. Patient care improves with timely physician access to images, and there are much-needed efficiency gains when examinations repeated due to the inability to access prior images are eliminated. While specifications for image exchange have surfaced in the past decade, few projects have advanced outside the walls of a single health-care entity. Proprietary solutions have proliferated, in the past year, in the form of software and technologies that leverage the Web (and cloud computing) to make image sharing possible among multiple hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers. Image-sharing projects, however, continue to be stymied by a raft of challenges on the business, legal, and clinical fronts; these include handling referrals, generating...
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By: Cat Vasko
Cardiology and radiology: Are they two specialties working in tandem for optimal patient care or two opposing armies in a turf battle? The answer, of course, is complicated, and can’t be approached...
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By: Cheryl Proval
It is no easy task to hit a moving target, so the seven speakers who presented the refresher course, “How Payment Policy Will Impact Technology Development in the 21st Century,” on November 30, 2010...
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By: Kris Kyes
Radiologists have become PACS experts, sometimes by default. Because diagnostic images made the greatest demands on early information systems in health care, the most sophisticated systems were...
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By: Staff
In a promising sign of economic recovery, hospital-based radiology decision makers intend to spend 10% more overall on medical-imaging technology this year, according to a new report from KLAS (Orem...
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By: George Wiley
Is it goodbye to radiology benefit management (RBM) companies and hello to automated decision-support systems? Not really, as the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Nonetheless, computerized decision-...
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By: George Wiley
When, today, you go to see suites of hospitals and systems, they have got a grand strategy for what they want to execute in the next 10 years. It’s not an exaggeration to say the whole thing depends...
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By: Cheryl Proval
While the pols dicker about whose health-care bill will save Medicare, a changing of the guard commences at the Office of the National Coordinator, and the states take their concerns to the courts,...
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By: Robert A. Bell, PhD
The looming deadline of January 1, 2012, is prompting many MRI scan providers to apply for accreditation. According to section 135 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, as of...
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By: Liz Quam
The lack of consensus (and vision) in the imaging community is readily apparent when the topic of clinical decision support is raised. Clinical decision support allows for electronic documentation...
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
A thought occurred to me recently, as I worked with a rather large and very successful radiology practice: Radiologists in private practice who have built organizations functioning at high levels...