Imaging Informatics

For all its high-tech gadgets, tools, prompts, aids and reminders, the modern radiology report really isn’t all that different from the first of its kind, rendered as a longhand note.

Those who think PACS optimization ends following a successful implementation should think again: Thirteen years after Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health implemented Synapse PACS, the work is ongoing to keep 50-plus radiologists happy and maximally productive.

When the merger and acquisition frenzy catches up to your organization, will it cause headaches for your imaging workflows?

William Boonn, MD, had barely begun his career as a radiologist when his department colleagues started approaching him and fellow IT-savvy radiologist Woojin Kim, MD, with questions about analytics and data-mining. And why not?

The sun, the moon and some bright minds were working overtime on the southern shore of Lake Erie the last weekend in September. The occasion was the first-ever Cleveland Medical Hackathon.

According to CMS's latest attestation data, some 4,720 unique diagnostic radiologists have at least one year of participation in Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use under their belts. This cohort has made around 9,000 unique attestations since 2011, showing quantifiable and clinically significant use of certified EHR technology.

Imaging Specialists of Charleston, a radiologist-owned, full-service medical imaging center in a South Carolina suburb faces stiff competition in its region, specifically from a trio of hospital-based imaging providers.

If you think your patients and patient information are secure from hackers, you may want to stop and take a closer look. According to a presentation made by two security researchers at DerbyCon 5.0 in Louisville, Ky., many healthcare provider computer systems and medical devices in the United States are vulnerable to hackers.

Secure Direct Messaging capabilities have become must-have components for many if not most users of RIS and PACS. While Meaningful Use’s requirements around the technology have spurred much of the adoption, Direct Messaging has grown in popularity by its own merits.

Many radiologists and oncologists believe that traditional radiology reporting should be improved to assist with the assessment of tumors, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

IBM made headlines Thursday when it announced its $1 billion acquisition of Merge Healthcare. Kyu Rhee, MD, IBM chief health officer, spoke on the phone with RadiologyBusiness.com about what the deal means for radiologists and healthcare as a whole. 

In a move to bolster its Watson Health unit, IBM has announced that it plans to acquire Merge Healthcare, provider of medical image management systems and other healthcare technologies, in a transaction valued at $1 billion.