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Imaging Informatics

 

Research into health disparities has seen significant growth in the last few decades, and academic radiologists have been a part of that trend. But how can these specialists track disparities in imaging utilization if they don’t have the right data?

Pediatric body CT exams are on the rise in the United States, especially among older children, according to a new analysis of data from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT Dose Index Registry (DIR). The authors used the data to break down various demographics of common pediatric body CT exams, publishing their findings in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

It is increasingly important for radiologists to provide care centered on patients and their families. In an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, numerous specialists discussed their perspectives on how to best provide patient- and family-centered care (PFCC).

A lay-language glossary may help patients better understand their radiology reports, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The radiology report is undoubtedly the most important work product submitted by radiologists.

 

Recent Headlines

Mining for Clinical Gold in Government Red Tape

In dissecting stage 2 of meaningful use, Alberto Goldszal, PhD, summarizes the meaningful-use challenge for radiologists: “In the meaningful-use rules, you are going to see some specific examples of things that are changing the radiology workflow that are perceived as a contraindication for radiology efficiency,” he says. “Overall, it does improve patient care—at least, that is the intended goal.”

Mount Sinai Medical Center: Implementation of Decision Support for Radiology Orders

There has long been interest in clinical decision support, especially at the time of order entry, but a lack of systems (and credentialed guidelines) has limited clinical use.

Merger Mania’s Implications for Imaging IT

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.

Building a Federated Image Exchange: My Summer Vacation

The Inland Northwest, which we call home, is fortunate to have a legacy of health-information sharing among many organizations. These include the 97-radiologist private practice Integra Imaging (Spokane, Washington), formed through the merger of Inland Imaging and Seattle Radiology. Integra Imaging’s PACS archives host images for more than 100 sites.

Bill Russell, SVP, CIO: Why Health Care Needs the Cloud (Among Other Things)

With more than 800 active health IT applications to maintain, Bill Russell has no time for distractions. The senior vice president and CIO of St Joseph Health—a nonprofit integrated health-care network that includes 14 hospitals in California and Texas—has a lot on his plate. There’s even more since the system’s February 2013 affiliation with the network of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to form the regional Covenant Health Network (Irvine, California), covering an area stretching from California’s Orange County to the High Desert.

DICOM or Nothing:The Case for Informatics Standards in Quantitative Imaging

As radiology enters the era of quantitative imaging, it is well advised to carry with it an old friend, the DICOM standard, according to David A. Clunie, PhD, CTO of CoreLab Partners. He lays out his case in “(Informatics) Standards for Quantitative Imaging,” which he presented on November 28, 2012, at the annual meeting of the RSNA in Chicago, Illinois.

Radiology’s Next Move: Bigger Data

In the 1990s, it was easy to be a success. You had to work hard not to be a success. That’s not true any more,” according to Michael P. Recht, MD, Louis Marx professor of radiology at New York University School of Medicine and chair of the radiology department at NYU Langone Medical Center (New York, New York).

Big Data: Different From Small Data

Three factors distinguish big data from the analytics that many executive leaders are familiar with: volume, velocity, and variety. In a recent article that appeared in Harvard Business Review, McAfee and Brynjolfsson1 make the distinction and open a window on how two companies are harnessing big data to make more accurate predictions, better decisions, and more precise interventions—on an accelerated timetable.

A Big Idea—and Bigger Challenges

Every once in a while, a big idea floats, like a sweet vapor, across the popular consciousness, invading every corner of US life, from science to commerce to entertainment. Curr-ently, our society (and business, in particular) is smitten with big data, and to be accurate, its reach is global, even unto health care.

Commodifiable Me: A First-person Account of the Virtues of Imaging Informatics

The Argonauts (and Odysseus, after them) had to sail past rocky islands housing the enchanting Sirens. Their wonderful songs made sailors hurl themselves overboard and swim toward them, even as they died upon the jagged rocks. After my fifth birthday, however, I accepted that plugging my ears never makes bad news go away for long.

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