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New learning track - New archival and storage model
Join leading faculty in exploring the changing world of archive systems and storage models. Attendees will take away practical strategies and considerations for migration, as well as discover how Vendor Neutral Archives may change this component of our industry's future. Also hear vendors' perspectives and experiences on the future of archiving and storage in an interactive vendor tie-in session. More
Weighing the merits of a PACS-neutral archive
RT Image Share
In an every-changing medical imaging industry, the challenge of implementing a departmental PACS solution has evolved. More health care enterprises plan to replace their legacy departmental PACS solutions with either a newer generation replacement sibling from the incumbent vendor or with a solution from a new vendor. In the process, organizations are faced with tough tactical and strategic decisions. More
FDA advises manufacturers to enhance CT scanner safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged manufacturers to provide additional training and information and incorporate safety features into CT scanners to forewarn operators of potential overdose accidents. In a letter sent to the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance recently, the agency offered a list of enhancements to CT scanners aimed at improving patient safety, including an on-screen notification on the device to alert the user of a potentially dangerous radiation dose and additional clarity on the parameters that affect dose, according to the FDA's release. More
Optical and X-ray imaging improve detection
Imaging & Radiology Oncology Share
By combining optical and X-ray imaging, radiologists may be better able to distinguish cancer from benign lesions in the breast, according to a new study published in the online edition and January issue of Radiology. Researchers at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston helped develop a combined optical/X-ray imaging system capable of obtaining both structural and functional information of the breast. More
The PACS divorce: Rules of engagement
Imaging Biz Share
Maybe your PACS vendor is going out of business, or the system is so creaky that your vendor no longer offers support. Perhaps your hospital signed an exclusive purchasing agreement that requires a new PACS from a different vendor. Maybe your new department chair just prefers a different system. Any of these causes could conspire to put you in the unenviable position of having to replace your PACS. In the case of Steven Horii, M.D., PhD, he's been there three times. More
Survey details the security landscape
Health Data Management Share
Although long required under the HIPAA security rule and part of the criteria for meaningful use incentives, one-third of recently surveyed physician practices and 14 percent of surveyed hospitals do not conduct a regular security risk analysis of their electronic health information. That's one finding from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2010 HIMSS Security Survey, now in its third year. More
HHS e-health IT funding to be performance based
Federal News Radio 1500-AM Share
Incentives plus information, equals transformation. That is the Health and Human Services' innovative approach aimed at spurring the growth of e-health technologies. HHS is just months away from awarding federal funds for health IT, but in order to earn the money, health providers will first have to prove that they are using electronic health records in a meaningful way. More
Prime time for iPad - or not?
Health Imaging & IT Share
Launched in April, the iPad continues to make waves across the world. Technophiles, teenagers and grandmas alike love the iPad, which has been touted as the tool to mobilize business users. Apple has sold about 8 million, with many physicians among those who have been bitten by the iPad bug. In a February survey by Epocrates, 20 percent of U.S. physicians planned to buy an iPad. A larger group, however, remained somewhat cautious; 38 percent of physicians expressed interest in the iPad, but wanted more information to solidify their purchase decision. More
Patient data is at risk: Study
Healthcare Informatics Share
A new study by the Ponemon institute, LLC, Traverse City, Mich., maintains that data breaches cost health care organizations nearly $6 billion annually, and that many breaches go undetected. The study is sponsored by ID Experts Corp., Portland, Ore. According to the study, protecting patient data is a low priority for hospitals and organizations have little confidence in their ability to secure patient records. More
Cath labs: Changing paradigm
Express Healthcare Share
As the field of interventional radiology and interventional cardiology have leapfrogged in the last few years, it is obvious that the technology driving cath labs have also advanced at a galloping pace, adding many attractive features. More
Study: Health IT gets mixed grades for quality, safety
Evaluations of the impact of health IT on quality and safety show mixed results, but often are missing critical information, according to a new summary report, Incorporating Health IT into Workflow Redesign, prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI). The report, prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizes research and evidence related to the impact of health IT on workflow in outpatient settings. More
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