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This is the third annual "Benchmarks" columns to focus on imaging technology. Each one has been timed for November, to coincide with the mammoth RSNA Annual Meeting – it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago – and each one has had more or less the same theme: the market is pretty much saturated when it comes to RIS and PACS systems, but change is on the way.
The media hype around Ebola may have subsided in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean preparedness for hospitals and medical practices is any less essential when it comes to this deadly virus. At RSNA on Dec. 2, radiologists will learn about CDC guidelines and strategies to help imaging professionals manage the right response to Ebola.
Offering a bit of leeway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed out the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
A year without negative or challenging headlines would be an unreal one. Life always has challenges, just as health IT does. Here are just a few sample headlines of the challenges with electronic health records, interoperability, and patient engagement:
The study found 347 companies raised $5 billion through the third quarter of 2014. In all of 2013, 2.8 billion was raised for digital health.
People living with chronic conditions usually have their health data collected in the physician’s office every few months – and quite often, only at that time. This type of episodic care doesn't help either the doctor or the patient in between those visits.
In June 2013, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia took the ambitious step of simultaneously going live with an EHR system and a BYOD policy. After 14 years on a legacy EHR, the shift to a new system and access to it from hundreds of employee-owned devices happened all at once.
As debate swirls about a recent Institute of Medicine report suggesting that electronic health records collect more non-clinical patient data for population health research, a new poll suggest patients are mostly willing to offer access to anonymized health information – to an extent.
[See also: IOM wants more data logged in EHRs]
The imaging industry has been under a microscope for many years due to concerns about potential over-utilization, resulting in payment reduction every year for almost a decade. In response to that challenge, medical imaging practices have been doing more with less for longer than most other specialties. In fact, there are many ways in which imaging can serve as a blueprint for other stakeholders as healthcare moves toward value-based and accountable care delivery models.
Earlier this month, we reported how healthcare is increasingly embracing a new C-suite position: chief data officer. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is getting in on the act, with the appointment of its first CDO, Niall Brennan.
[See also: Chief data officers come to healthcare]
It is taken as gospel by most radiologists and hospital IT professionals that a vendor-neutral archiving application is critical for unifying diagnostic imaging workflows. And VNAs are a great tool. But that doesn’t mean you should buy one.