Diagnostic Reading #44: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

September 18, 2015
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Carestream LogoIt’s time for a new edition of Diagnostic Imaging. This week we’re looking at medical imaging and pregnant women, digital tomosynthesis and CT lung nodules, how business intelligence affects security, doctors using EHRs, and imaging informatics and archiving in Scotland.

Carestream LogoIt’s time for a new edition of Diagnostic Imaging. This week we’re looking at medical imaging and pregnant women, digital tomosynthesis and CT lung nodules, how business intelligence affects security, doctors using EHRs, and imaging informatics and archiving in Scotland.

Diagnostic Imaging May Be Safe for Pregnant Women – Diagnostic Imaging

According to a review article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS),  some radiologic imaging can be safe for pregnant women who have sustained traumatic injuries. Researchers from the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, and the Garden State OB/GYN Associates in Voorhees, NJ reviewed the diagnostic dilemma that confronts emergency room physicians when pregnant women present with traumatic injuries that require diagnostic imaging.

Digital Tomo Falls Short of CT Lung Nodules – AuntMinnie

A new study published September 8 in the Journal of Digital Imaging indicates that tomo may have a tough time finding a role in the chest that’s not already well-served by the other two modalities. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, compared digital tomosynthesis with chest x-ray in a population of 82 individuals, while also comparing both technologies to CT as the gold standard. They found that tomo was much better than standard radiography in several areas, such as for detecting nodules larger than 4 mm — considered the threshold for clinical significance.

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Security Needs Business Intelligence – Healthcare IT News

A truly risk-based security framework needs more than mere protective measures. It requires awareness. This article features quotes from Ron Mehring, senior director and chief information security officer, Texas Health Resources, who oversees security architecture and operations at the sprawling 25-hospital system/ Mehring explains how large health systems need to escalate up from “baseline security requirements” to something much more robust.

More Than 80 Percent of Docs Use EHRs – Healthcare IT News

More than eight in 10 doctors across the country, or 83 percent, have adopted electronic healthcare record systems, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Counting only certified EHR adoption, however, that rate goes down to 74 percent. Also, 51 percent of doctors are using only basic EHR functionalities, according to ONC.

Imaging Informatics: Archiving Scotland – Radiology Today

Alan Fleming, program manager for National Health Services (NHS) Scotland, says the process of setting up Scotland’s archive required extensive input from both clinical and business stakeholders. One of the most important tasks was selecting a supplier for PACS, data center storage, and hosting [Disclosure: Carestream was selected to provide the PACS and national image archive]. NHS Scotland also had to specify the services that would be provided by the archive, and the final implementation plan required approval from senior government officials.

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