Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Image system monitoring that tells you what you really want to know

Kyle Henson, CEO of Intelligent
Kyle Henson’s career spans than evolution of radiology from PACS to VNAs and enterprise imaging. He started as an IT project manager at Humana, and AGFA, before becoming a consultant for a number of IDNs (Integrated Delivery Networks) including installing the first virtual McKesson servers at a site in Boise, ID. He has been a partner at Secant Healthcare managing data migrations and more recently served as director of enterprise imaging for Tenet Healthcare, a Dallas-based healthcare system operating more than 500 healthcare facilities nationwide. Last July, he and his partner Mike Dolan recently left institutional imaging to form a new company, Intelligent Imaging. Together they have developed an end-to-end proactive DICOM diagnostic and monitoring tool they call Heartbeat. It is an advanced web-based platform designed to support the imaging ecosystem; from imaging center, to hospital department, to healthcare enterprise. The beta-version was well received at RSNA last fall the company launched the product at HiMSS 2019 to much acclaim. The company will exhibit at SIIM 2019 at booth 607.

SIIM 2019 Annual Meeting set for Jun 26-28

What: SIIM 2019 Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center Denver, CO
Register: www.siim.org

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is the leading healthcare professional organization for those interested in the current and future use of informatics in medical imaging. The society's mission is to advance medical imaging informatics across the enterprise through education, research, and innovation in a multi-disciplinary community. 

A major topic of the conference will focus on blockchain technology and what radiologists need to know about it.

Phillips acquires Carestream’s healthcare IT business

Philips will feature Carestream’s cloud-based 
enterprise imaging platform as part of its 
expanded portfolio – Photo courtesy Phillips
PARCA eNews – Mar. 7, 2019 – Royal Philips, parent of Phillips Healthcare, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Healthcare Information Systems business of Carestream Health Inc., a US-based provider of medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions for hospitals, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics.

“This acquisition will enhance our ability to provide flexible solutions to hospitals and health systems,” said Robert Cascella,

HSS agencies propose open access rules for patient health information

CMS and ONC rules align to advance interoperability

PARCA eNews – Mar. 21, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed new rules issued by ONC and CMS aimed at providing seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI).

The ONC proposed rule is designed to increase innovation and competition by giving patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information and new tools, allowing for more choice in care and treatment.

HiMSS19: Focus on unblocking patient information

PARCA eNews – Mar. 1, 2019 – The mammoth HiMSS19 annual meeting wrapped up Feb. 15, 2019 in Orlando, Fl with more than 43,000 attendees, 1200 vendors and a wide array of panel discussions and educational meetings. 

Key themes of the meeting continued from years past with unblocking patient information, interoperability, workflow, and technology to improve healthcare vying for the spotlight.

Shifting legal landscape for personal data privacy

Image courtesy NCSL
PARCA eNews – Feb. 8, 2019 – By an unanimous vote the New Jersey Assembly passed bill that expands the types of personal information that require notifications to be sent to consumers following a data breach.

The new law requires businesses and public entities to send notifications to consumers if there has been a breach of their Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses or a bank account number if they are accompanied with a password that would allow the account to be accessed.

A group of international radiology societies take aim at AI ethics

PARCA eNews – Mar. 1, 2019 – The American College of Radiology, European Society of Radiology, Radiology Society of North America, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics, Canadian Association of Radiologists, and American Association of Physicists in Medicine collaborated on a 34-page draft statement concerning ethical issues surrounding the use of AI in radiology.

The preliminary draft has not been endorsed by any of the sponsoring societies, rather the draft was published to spur debate and discussion among all interested parties, who are encouraged to submit comments by April 7, 2019.

Mobile devices and laptops continue to pose major cybersecurity risks for healthcare

PARCA eNews – Mar. 1, 2019 – A survey of company IT executives reveals that 33% of companies have suffered security breaches involving mobile devices, according to Verizon’s Mobile Sec Index 2019.

Overall, the report on all types of businesses show that security risks continue to rise while company defense implementations are failing to keep up. Focusing on mobile device security, 85 percent of organizations said they need to take mobile device security more seriously. 

FDA issues cybersecurity warning on Medtronnic ICDs

Image courtesy Medtronic Public

Warning highlights need for greater attention to medical device security

PARCA eNews – Mar. 21, 2019 – The FDA issued an alert Mar. 21, 2019 regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities of a list of Medtronic implantable cardiac devices. Both implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) were identified in the alert.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Interoperability heavy weights join forces

 Updated 2/5/19
Last November Life Image and DICOM Systems announced a strategic partnership aimed at streamlining clinical content access within and across provider organizations and health systems. Life Image is the world’s largest global network for sharing clinical and imaging data. DICOM Systems is the leader in enterprise imaging interoperability and workflows. PARCA eNews spoke with Life Image CEO Matt Michela to learn more about the partnership and what it means to PACS administrators and healthcare IT professionals, and how it advances interoperability, and ultimately patient care.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

HiMSS19 set to get underway Feb. 11-15

PARCA eNews – Jan. 21, 2019 – The annual conference of healthcare IT professionals is set for a four-day run at the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 

The annual meeting brings together more than 45,000 professionals from healthcare IT, imaging, health information and technology to share and exchange information about how information technologies are transforming healthcare.

This year’s theme is Champions of Health Unite. The theme is intended to spur information professionals to think about the role they play in innovating and advancing healthcare safety, efficiency and quality of care.

Chain Reaction: How Blockchain Technology Brings Value to Healthcare

HiMSS symposium

PARCA eNews – Jan. 24, 2019 – What is blockchain and how might it be used in healthcare? 

If you are intrigued by the blockchain movement in healthcare, HiMSS is sponsoring a daylong symposium on the value blockchain may bring to healthcare.

The preconference symposium will be held, Feb. 11, 2019 at the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center.

Survey shows high cost of cyberattacks

PARCA eNews – Jan. 15, 2019 – The average cost of cyberattacks over the past two years topped $1.1 million, according to Radware, a cybersecurity provider.

The company issued its 2018-2019 Global Application and Network Security Report that shows for organizations that calculate (versus estimate) the cost of an attack, the average cost was $1.67 million. Most of that cost (54%) were in operational and productivity losses. The report also estimated the cost of negative customer experience.

HIPAA fines don’t stop with OCR

PARCA eNews – Jan. 15, 2019 While most of the new about fines levied against healthcare organizations focus on those imposed by the federal government’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement arm of the Department Health and Human Services, the fines don’t stop there.

First iPad Pro-based system for diagnostic reading of radiology images

PARCA eNews – Jan. 10, 2019 – EBM Technologies today announced that its vendor neutral, remote reading system Rad@ has been granted Class II FDA clearance for diagnostic reading of radiological images. 

This clearance has the potential to change the way radiologists work, freeing them from traditional fixed workstations and paving the way for greater work flexibility and financial efficiencies.

US Hospital increasing PACS installation with 3D image technology

PARCA eNews – Jan. 6, 2019 – More than 40 percent of US hospitals have installed radiology 3D image/display technology, a new survey by HiMSS Analytics has found.

In addition, adoption of 3D image/display technology nearly doubled between 2012 and 2017 and that number is expected to increase over the next few years, with nearly 50 US hospitals responding that they are very likely to purchase a radiology 3D image/display solution. The survey found that vendors Terarecon, GE Healthcare, and Toshiba dominate the market.

PACS still largest image management systems in global medical imaging market

PARCA eNews – Jan. 5, 2019 –The global medical image management market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% over the next six years, according to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com

The review of medical imaging management systems found that PACS are widely adopted in radiology departments where the majority of imaging studies are handled, managed and stored. In addition there is an increasing incorporation of PACS into other specialties such as cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology, endoscopy, tele radiology, dermatology, pathology, neurology and dentistry

Pacific Northwest VA hospital selects Carestream for enterprise PACS

PARCA eNews – Jan. 8, 2019 – Veterans Affairs hospitals in the Pacific Northwest region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and parts of Montana announced Jan. 8, 2019 that it had selected Carestream to install its Clinical Collaboration Platform throughout the system’s 20 facilities.

Veterans Affairs representatives evaluated multiple PACS suppliers based on their understanding of customer needs, technical specifications, functionality, project governance, implementation plan and timeline, as well as pricing. 

All aboard the Digital Imaging Adoption Model

DIAM Scale indicates where an organization is in terms
of digital imaging 
Get your DIAM score

PARCA eNews – Jan. 25, 2019 – HiMSS is extending the Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM) into the area of Enterprise Imaging (EI). 

In collaboration with professional societies including the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EUSOMII), in addition to highly regarded subject matter experts, the organization is expanding its DIAM initiative.