Imaging Informatics

In recent years, constituents across many industries have strongly embraced a cloud-based infrastructure to achieve data ubiquity. Healthcare is not one of these segments, but there are exceptions to the rule, among them the 19-hospital Indiana University Health (IU Health) system. 

The Heartbleed bug provides a great reminder to protect against disaster by adopting a strong password, or strengthening the ones you are using. However, until a fix to Heartbleed is in place on the system in use, changing a password provides nothing more than a false sense of security.

Two aspects of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment and Modernization Act of 2014 have been widely reported in the radiology press; less has been said about the language in HR 4015/S 2000 that would eliminate penalties for eligible professionals who fail to comply with meaningful-use criteria by 2017.

Detours notwithstanding, radiology is making slow progress toward the demonstration of meaningful use of health IT

As health systems prepare for value-based health care, CIOs walk a tightrope between consolidating enterprise IT and providing the functionality that radiologists require

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.”

On January 29, 2014, Michael Peters, senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs, for the ACR®, presented a webinar—Navigating the MU Pathway: Stages 1 and 2—sponsored by FUJIFILM Medical Systems.

The persistent nudge of government policy has undoubtedly pushed the health-care world into modern times. Whether welcome or not, mandates such as meaningful use have made concepts such as patient engagement a priority among RIS/PACS design teams across the country.

From apps to telemedicine and beyond, technology has become a linchpin for patient engagement. The RSNA Image Share network represents a prime example.

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.