Thursday, October 30, 2014

PACS administrators should lead strategic shift to enterprise imaging

Paul Chang, MD, University of Chicago
As many health care organizations move from radiology-centric PACS systems to enterprise imaging, the challenge of making it all work to improve workflow for providers and patients requires a paradigm shift in thinking, says Paul Chang, MD, professor of radiology and vice chair of radiology informatics at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Dr. Chang has been a leader in imaging informatics and is a sought after speaker at major health care IT symposia including HIMSS, SIIM and RSNA, where he will be presenting and leading several discussions at RSNA 2014, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. He is an outspoken advocate for strategic thinking in the development of health care enterprise IT.

“The PACS administrator must establish a comprehensive framework, a strategic perspective toward enterprise imaging,” he told PARCA eNews by phone. “It is not just how to get images outside the firewall, or how to get cardiology online, what is needed is a reproducible methodology."

News Roundup

HIMSS Submits Comments to NIST on Cybersecurity Infrastructure Framework RFI

PARCA eNews – Oct. 28, 2014 – HIMSS submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in response to its recent request for information (RFI), "Experience with the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity."  HIMSS outlined a roadmap for addressing the three general areas of the cybersecurity framework outlined by NIST. In brief summary the points HIMSS made included:

RSNA to celebrate 100 years at 2014 annual meeting

Final registration deadline for North America is Nov. 7

PARCA eNews – Oct. 28, 2014 – The 100th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, will host more than 50,000 attendees from around the world, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Among other highlights of the meeting, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of National Institutes of Health will deliver the keynote speech.

What You Need to Know About PACS and VNA

            Graphic courtesy of  Offsite Image Management
PARCA eNews – Sept. 4, 2014 – As facilities face demands for greater information sharing, Meaningful Use compliance, and increased efficiencies, VNAs are on track to become indispensable utility players. And, sales data proves it – according to an October 2013 Research and Markets report, the global VNA market is set to balloon from $165 million to $335 million by 2018. 

Small changes add up to big energy $avings in the radiology department

PARCA eNews – Sept. 30, 2014 – In a single institution study, radiologists found that small steps to save energy in the radiology department saved $11,629 over a 12-month period. The small steps amounted to shutting off equipment when not in use.

The study by the radiology department at St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, was published online Sept. 4, 2014 in the journal Academic Radiology.