Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Using AI in radiology to improve workflow and efficiency

Dario Arfelli is the World Wide Healthcare IT Marketing Manager at Carestream and is based in Genoa, Italy. He has a special interest in supporting market model changes including EHRs, VNAs, Enterprise Imaging and Cloud computing. He analyzes emerging approaches to integrating PACS within an enterprise-wide healthcare IT platform, as well as the VNA approach to centralizing all clinical data storage, management and access and how it all ties back to the future of the EMR/EHR. More recently he has turned his attention to artificial intelligence in medical imaging and how it will likely be integrated into radiology and medical imaging. He recently published an article defining the terms surrounding artificial intelligence for Carestream’s blog. PARCA eNews talked to him by phone.

AI is the hot topic at RSNA 2018 annual meeting

Missed the meeting? Access to Virtual meeting is avail-
able until April 30, 2019. – image courtesy RSNA
PARCA eNews – Nov. 25, 2018 – More than 50,000 radiologists and imaging professionals descended on Chicago’s McCormick Place Nov. 25-30 for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. This year the 104th edition of the group’s meeting focused on Tomorrow’s Radiology Today.

In keeping with that theme, one of the hottest topics in terms of the number of presentations and session attendance was all about artificial intelligence and machine learning, with both an AI and Deep Learning Educations centers.

Is health IT about to catch FHIR?

The Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR, has been anything but fast in terms of adoption. It has been smoldering on the edges since version 1 draft standard 2 was introduced in 2015, but there are signs that version 2 is about to break out into a heat wave.

FDA and DHS increase coordination to medical device cybersecurity threats

Agreement will facilitate information sharing between agencies on vulnerabilities  and threats involving medical devices

PARCA eNews – Oct. 31, 2018 – The U.S. FDA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a memorandum of agreement to implement a new framework for greater coordination and cooperation between the two agencies for addressing cybersecurity in medical devices.

Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center opens

PARCA eNews – Oct. 29, 2018 – The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, announced today the official dedication of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at an official opening ceremony in the Hubert H. Humphrey building.

“HHS is proud to work with the health community to better protect Americans’ health data and confidential information,” Deputy Secretary Hargan said. “Today’s announcement is a recognition of the importance we place on stakeholder engagement as part of our cybersecurity work.”

ONC releases updated SRA tool

PARCA eNews – Oct. 15, 2018 – The Office of the National Coordinator has published a Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool the help healthcare providers conduct security assessments as required by HIPAA Security Rule and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Electronic Health Record Incentive program.

FDA clears MaxQ AI’s Intracranial Hemorrhage Platform 

PARCA eNews – Nov. The FDA granted 510(k) clearance to MaxQ AI’s Accipio Ix intracranial hemorrhage platform.

The device detects intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), or brain bleeding, in adult non-contrast head computed tomography.

Accipio Ix, which received the CE Mark earlier in the year, uses AI algorithms to identify and mark potential regions of interest related to acute ICH.

Researchers are pushing imaging to extraordinary new limits

CMRR director Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D., 
stands next to the new 10.5T magnet 
photo courtesy of University of Minnesota

10.5-tesla magnets yield unprecedented imaging detail

PARCA eNews – Nov. 15, 2018 – Armed with a magnet weighing 3 times more than a Boeing 737 along with 600 tons of iron shielding, researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance research subjected a human subject for the first time to an hour-long imaging study of the patient’s hips.

New York HIE surpasses 1 million participants

PARCA eNews – Oct. 22, 2018 – New York-based HEALTHeLINK, one of the early organizations adopting the Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiative recently reported surpassing the 1 million mark for patients consenting to have their health information exchanged among treating providers.