Despite a PACS imaging technology market that is relatively saturated, a growing need for additional functionality around imaging management and distribution is leading healthcare organizations to look to upgrade technology it already has in place, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials Brief--the "2014 Imaging Technology Study."
A survey of referring physicians has found that many believe that up to 20 percent of F-18 FDG PET/CT scans are being misread.
Cerner, which announced in August that it will acquire Siemens health information technology business in early 2015, is reported to be in talks to purchase Siemens radiology information system (RIS) solution, as well.
As the healthcare industry increasingly adopts new accountable care payment models, providers must determine the most cost-effective ways to deliver quality patient care. In the case of radiologists, that means improving communication with fellow doctors and cutting back on unnecessary imaging as reimbursement dollars will be handed out based, not on the volume of patient tests conducted, but the sustained good health of those patients. To that end, the evolution of picture archiving and communication systems is crucial. Special Report
Despite the emergence of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and electronic medical records (EMRs), radiology information systems (RIS) still hold relevance in the current medical imaging industry. The role of such data and workflow management systems continues to evolve, according to Kevin McEnery, director of innovation in imaging informatics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Healthcare providers can reduce the risks associated with unread radiology reports that contain significant or unexpected findings by integrating electronic alert systems into PACS, according to a study published online this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Access to electronic medical record data can be critical to radiology decision making in emergency departments, new research published this month in Health Affairs shows.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Virtua, a Southern New Jersey health system, have created a shared diagnostic imaging partnership they claim goes beyond the conventional health information exchange.
Integrating radiology rooms into clinical areas can provide a number of benefits to referring physicians and patients, and even help reduce the number of unnecessary repeat imaging studies, according to an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Johns Hopkins University researchers are building a digital library of MRI scans they've collected from children with normal and abnormal brains with the goal of developing a system that will help diagnose and treat younger patients who are dealing with brain disorders.