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Radiology interpretation performance may slip late in sessions
July 30, 2014 -- Radiologists may take less time to interpret images and see changes in their performance over the course of a long reading session, according to analysis from Warwick, U.K. But it's not clear if that dynamic represents an actual clinical concern or merely effects attributable to the study designs.
Market matters: Health information exchange
July 18, 2014 -- Barriers continue to exist across Europe for healthcare IT adoption, but there are tangible benefits for radiologists and patients alike on the horizon. Based on a new study, analyst Stephen Holloway discusses how large-scale IT infrastructure is shaping the future of medical imaging.
Actionable reports and the teleradiology debate
July 16, 2014 -- Technology has transformed radiologists' reporting practices, allowing for flexible working and sharing of workloads, but this should not compromise a radiologist's ability to provide actionable reports. Face-to-face dialogue remains a key factor, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar.
Why teleradiology companies must strive for quality
July 9, 2014 -- Outsourcing some reporting and out-of-hours work in overstretched and underresourced departments can be of great benefit, both in terms of accuracy and timeliness of reports, provided safeguards are built in and a rigorous approach to quality control is implemented, writes the responsible officer of a teleradiology company.
PACS downtime comes under growing scrutiny
July 8, 2014 -- As more and more core care processes move from paper-based to e-support, system or service uptime now plays a critical role in provider organizations, and planned or unplanned PACS downtime can be a serious problem, according to German expert Joachim Zaers.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
RIS-integrated software can optimize radiation dose
July 1, 2014 -- A software application can be used to extract patient radiation dose information directly from imaging modalities and store the data in a RIS, aiding in analyses and potentially contributing to individualized patient care, researchers from Italy have found.
Technology helps get a grip on scheduling, resources
July 1, 2014 -- Across Europe, managers and staff in radiology departments, as well as their clinical peers, are facing a desperate need for dynamic scheduling and transparency regarding available resources. At the 16th DICOM Meeting and HIS-RIS-PACS workshop, held last week in Mainz, Germany, details of a dashboard solution were presented.
Norway acts to improve workflow and cut dose
June 25, 2014 -- A pioneering 50,000 euro project that began in the scenic west of Norway in April aims to organize imaging protocols so that examinations can be exchanged efficiently between hospital groups. The scheme is seen as a necessary step to optimize workflow and protect patients from excess radiation exposure.
Lowering patient waiting times is challenging
June 18, 2014 -- Can initiatives such as teleradiology or PACS decrease patient waiting times for radiology services? It's possible, although the literature isn't conclusive, according to research published online in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
The U.K.'s great teleradiology debate
June 18, 2014 -- Last week's teleradiology statement from the Royal College of Radiologists has got a heated response. Dr. George McInnes, a practicing U.K. radiologist who is an adviser to a teleradiology company, presents his personal views on the document.
Be creative on tech assessment, DRG president urges
June 16, 2014 -- A critical challenge is how to assess the influence of every imaging procedure with accuracy and rigor. Dr. Norbert Hosten, president of the German Radiological Society (DRG), thinks there's a big opportunity to exploit the potential of new scientific participation in fresh and original ways.
Royal College gets tough on overseas teleradiology
June 11, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has called for changes in how overseas doctors working for teleradiology companies are regulated. RCR officials have issued a 13-point position statement and met with the U.K. General Medical Council, Care Quality Commission, and Department of Health.
Hruby: Healthcare IT systems need urgent standardization
June 9, 2014 -- Besides simplifying workflow, the key future goal in healthcare IT is to standardize and unify systems, and this reaches well beyond PACS. It includes integrating the hospital and RIS with the long-term archive, according to the Vienna-based pioneer and early adopter Dr. Walter Hruby.
Survey: Give us more IT support, training
May 13, 2014 -- Radiologists want extra training and support on IT-related issues, plus better image distribution between hospitals using a secure digital network and further implementation of service level agreements (SLAs) involving radiology and IT departments, according to the findings of a Dutch survey.
Be prepared to take risks in PACS transition projects
May 7, 2014 -- Rigorous planning and continuous observation of the process are essential to achieve the migration of old DICOM data into a new PACS in a reasonable time frame, and a proper test migration is necessary to eliminate potential pitfalls, according to a leading European expert.

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