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Healthcare is in desperate need of a change, Ben Wanamaker explained during his keynote address Monday morning at RBMA PaRADigm 2017 in Chicago. Consumer costs are on the rise, pricing for basic services is widely inconsistent and the government is spending more and more tax dollars on policies such as social security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

The vision was clear. The experienced heart and vascular team at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago needed a cardiovascular information system (CVIS) to stretch across its seven hospitals and 100 ambulatory care centers, physician offices and clinics. Like an architect constructing a solid foundation, they brought in a unified IT infrastructure to support enterprise-wide image reading, viewing, smart structured reporting and drive better quality, outcomes and efficiency. For this leading-edge health network, syngo Dynamics (Siemens) emerged as the enterprise-wide solution of choice for exchanging key patient images and data with the EMR, enabling near-instant, secure, HIPAA-enabled access to clinicians onsite and remote and ensuring interoperability across the enterprise.

Radiologists should understand the importance of using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology—now more than ever with the opening of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)’s first reporting period.

Johns Hopkins University researchers found in a recent study that adding 99mTc-setamibi SPECT/CT, a noninvasive imaging test, to CT or MRI increases accuracy in classifying kidney tumor.

More and more millennials—most commonly referred to as individuals born between 1980 and 2000—are completing their training and officially entering the radiology workforce. It’s an exciting time for those men and women, proof that their years of dedication and hard work have truly paid off ... but the influx of young workers also has resulted in elevating frustration levels across radiology groups throughout the country.