Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Integrating point-of-care manufacturing into radiology

Dr. Anish Ghodadra
Dr. Anish Ghodadra is assistant professor of Interventional Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director of the 3D Printing Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which established one of the nation’s first in-house 3D print labs in a medical center, producing more than 200 surgical models a year. With a background in engineering Dr. Ghodadra has a focused interest in using medical innovation including medical device design, 3D printing and image analysis to improve clinical care. He was a speaker at RSNA 2016 on the topic of 3D printing quality control and has been a contributor to ABC News Medical Unit. PARCA eNews spoke to Dr. Ghodadra about the integration of 3D printing into radiology, how it impacts the radiologist’s workflow and the role of PACS administrators in 3D printing.

9 ways to reduce your legal exposure to PACS problems


By Herman Oosterwijk, for AuntMinnie.com
Reprinted with permission

September 4, 2018 -- There is general agreement that "medicine can kill" if a patient gets the wrong medication or treatment, or if unnecessary complications result from a medical procedure. However, people might not realize that technology can kill, too -- including PACS technology.

Disaster preparedness, not a question of if, but when

Photo by NOAA
PARCA eNews – Sept. 5, 2018 – What would happen if your PACS system or organization’s IT systems become unavailable or compromised in such a way as to prevent clinicians from getting the imaging data they need to care for patients?
It isn’t really a question of If, it is a question of when? It might be due to a natural disaster, a technical failure, or malicious activity, but at some point your system will be down, but how you prepare for that will make a huge difference in how well your organization gets through such an event.

UK’s NHS launches program to accelerate development of digital health tools

PARCA eNews – Sept. 5, 2018 – The National Health Service for the United Kingdom announced today a program to spur the uptake and spread of proven innovations that can benefit patients, populations and NHS staff through its NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

The program will focus on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and prevention and early intervention in cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Philips warns of cybersecurity vulnerabilities


Image from Philips Press Release
PARCA eNews – Sept. 12, 2018 – Philips Healthcare issued an advisory warning of a potential security vulnerability in its iSite and IntelliSpace PACS products. The company said that while it has received no reports of patient harm, it issued the advisory last spring as a precaution.

Medical imaging among most shared medical information

PARCA eNews – Sept. 2, 2018 – With all the drive over the past decade to get electronic medical records and then make those records shareable among physicians, specialists and other on the patient’s healthcare team, have you ever wondered what patient information is most often shared?

In a report by the Centers for Disease Control published in National Health Statistics Reports, medical imaging is the third most shared medical data among physicians, just behind referrals and laboratory data

ONC 2018 Annual Meeting to focus on interoperability


PARCA eNews – Sept. 22, 2018 – Mark your calendars! ONC’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be held November 29th and 30th in Washington, DC. The agenda will extend the many discussions and topics from an Interoperability Forum, and will feature the ongoing work by the private and public sectors to promote health IT interoperability and usability. ONC will share more information about the agenda, location, and hotel reservations in the near future.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Enterprise Imaging Teams: Who, What, When and How?

Kyle Henson, Director of Enterprise
Imaging
In past issues, PARCA eNews has touched on governance and security of enterprise imaging implementation. In this issue we look at operations. Who is involved in, and how do you run an enterprise imaging organization. Kyle Henson is Director of Enterprise Imaging for a large multi-hospital system in Texas. Kyle’s 17-year career in healthcare IT began after proudly serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He began in the payor space before quickly transitioning to the imaging sector, where he has spent the past 15 years expanding his knowledge-base from PACS vendor, to imagining consult, to hospitals. These unique work experiences have allowed Kyle to develop a deep industry-encompassing understanding of current issues, trends and successes. His work passion is finding solutions to the industry’s problems (opportunities!) while always keeping a patient-centric focus. He recently wrote a blog post outlining his own approach to building and deploying an enterprise imaging team. PARCA eNews is reprinting his post with permission.

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