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Siemens announced this week it is planning to list its healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers, on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany sometime in the first half of 2018. The initial public offering (IPO) is expected to take place as early as March.

Many of radiology’s hottest topics are closely connected to health IT personnel and technologies, making HIMSS18 in Las Vegas an especially enticing meeting for any imaging professional. Christopher J. Roth, MD, associate professor of radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine and a member of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup, spoke with RBJ to preview HIMSS18 and talk about the industry as a whole. 

Anthem is forging ahead with its decision to push outpatient imaging out of hospitals. Is the insurance giant a pariah or a harbinger? 

Cancer screenings at the population level—rather than on an individual basis based on family history—could save thousands of lives and reduce costs, researchers reported this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer survival rates are increasing worldwide, but considerable gaps still exist between nations, especially when it comes to more lethal and childhood cancers, data from the CONCORD-3 study states.

 

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Siemens sets stage for Healthineers IPO

Siemens announced this week it is planning to list its healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers, on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany sometime in the first half of 2018. The initial public offering (IPO) is expected to take place as early as March.

ASRT survey finds enrollment up slightly in radiography educational programs

The number of students enrolled in radiography educational programs increased in 2017, according to new survey published by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), but not by a significant margin.

DenseBreast-info.org announces international expansion

DenseBreast-info.org, a New York-based organization focused on educating both patients and healthcare professionals about the importance of breast density, announced it is expanding internationally.

Q&A: Christopher Roth on Cybersecurity, EHRs and HIMSS18

Many of radiology’s hottest topics are closely connected to health IT personnel and technologies, making HIMSS18 in Las Vegas an especially enticing meeting for any imaging professional. Christopher J. Roth, MD, associate professor of radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine and a member of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup, spoke with RBJ to preview HIMSS18 and talk about the industry as a whole. 

NHS Scotland launches international recruitment drive for radiologists

Scotland’s healthcare system, NHS Scotland, has announced an international recruitment drive to boost the country’s number of radiologists by 10 percent. Several areas, including the United States and Canada, will be targeted by the drive.

No love lost for anthem imaging policy

Anthem is forging ahead with its decision to push outpatient imaging out of hospitals. Is the insurance giant a pariah or a harbinger? 

Population-based cancer screenings could save thousands of lives, millions of dollars

Cancer screenings at the population level—rather than on an individual basis based on family history—could save thousands of lives and reduce costs, researchers reported this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer survivorship improving globally—but major disparities still exist

Cancer survival rates are increasing worldwide, but considerable gaps still exist between nations, especially when it comes to more lethal and childhood cancers, data from the CONCORD-3 study states.

Radiologist’s appeal denied in $5.9M wrongful death suit

On Jan. 30, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a $5.9 million ruling against Pennsylvania’s Abington Memorial Hospital and the Radiology Group of Abington (RGA) in the wrongful death of a patient who had a feeding tube mistakenly inserted into his lung.

Imaging provider ordered to pay $16.2M for Medicare fraud

Imaging provider Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging (ONI) has been ordered to pay $16.2 million for submitting false claims for Medicare reimbursement. ONI’s owner, Richard Pfarr, is liable for more than $6 million.

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