Mobile health market approaches $7B
July 23, 2014 -- The global market for mobile health technology is expected to generate $6.7 billion in revenues in 2014, according to a new report by market research firm Visiongain.
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.
Agfa wins Dutch VNA contract
July 18, 2014 -- Agfa HealthCare has won a contract with two major academic hospitals in the Netherlands for a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and an enterprise imaging workflow package, the company said.
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.
Sectra signs Dutch IT deal
July 4, 2014 -- PACS firm Sectra has signed a long-term IT contract with Dutch healthcare group Zorggroep Leveste Middenveld.
Agfa receives Belgian order
July 4, 2014 -- Agfa HealthCare will install its Impax RIS/PACS/reporting system at AZ Groeninge Hospital in Kortrijk, Belgium.
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.
Web-based liver imaging atlas scoops top award at ESGAR
June 25, 2014 -- An e-learning tool run by radiologists in Switzerland and the U.S. received the only Magna Cum Laude at last week's European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) congress. The Liver Imaging Atlas now has 22,000 users, and 26% of user traffic comes from Europe.
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.
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.
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