Sunday, June 9, 2013

PACS News Roundup

Whatever else you say about Meaningful Use, it has been a powerful force driving more integration of healthcare information systems. The ultimate goal is to develop systems that deliver the complete patient record, including images to the right provider at the needed time. Having managed the evolving integration of PACS and RIS systems, PACs administrators are poised to play a key role with other healthcare IT professionals in the integration of these systems with electronic health records. The articles below touch on several key aspects of this next big challenge in healthcare IT.

SIIM 13: Panel dicusses the promise of HIEs in medical imaging

DIAGNOSTICIMAGING —June 6, 2013 – Only a tiny fraction of the health information exchanges in the U.S. today share medical images, but James Philbin, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions says HIEs have the potential to transform health care. Philbin spoke as a member of a panel discussing the promise of HIEs at SIIM 13 in June. The experts discussed the obstacles for transmitting medical images across a health organization and new web-enabled technologies already available or being developed to overcome some of these obstacles.

Why is giving patients control of their medical images a good practice?

HEALTHIMAGING – May 17, 2013 – The more complicated and cumbersome it is for providers to access patients’ imaging histories, the more likely it is for them to order duplicative exams and for patients to face delays in care and be exposed to excessive radiation. Enabling patients to receive and share results of imaging exams empowers patients to be truly engaged in and actively participate in decisions about their health. Having control of their medical images makes it more practical for patients to seek and receive vital advice on potential alternative therapies or options that best fit them.

The future of RIS after 50 years of innovation

HEALTHIMAGING – May 7, 2013 – As RIS reaches the half-century mark, many of its hallmark capabilities—order entry, patient registration and report repository—have migrated to the EHR. Consequently, questions about the viability of radiology’s conventional power horse have surfaced. Rather than spelling imminent demise, the situation may provide an opportunity for innovation, according to a medical informatics and physics review published in the May issue of American Journal of Roentgenology.

Enterprise Imaging: Beyond Cloud-based Image sharing

DIAGNOSTICIMAGING – April 8, 2013 – Paul Chang, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine says enterprise imaging has been largely misunderstood. He says it It's more than simply implementing new technology, and achieving the full benefits of EI will require both sophisticated software and provider engagement. Chang discuses what is EI, what are its components, and how you can plan for it in this in-depth perspective.

Image Sharing Seeks to Reduce Repeat Scans

WALL STREET JOURNAL – April 1, 2013 – More than 3,000 patients have enrolled in a federally-funded program called Image Share since Aug. 2011. Dr. Mendelson says about 20 more hospital systems and radiology groups with multiple facilities are in talks to join. Patients who enroll get a personal health account to maintain and share test results via email on a password-protected site. Pilot sites include Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and about 20 more hospital systems and radiology groups with multiple facilities are in talks to join.

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