Getting the most out of social media
September 17, 2014 -- Social media represents a game-changing tool for improving patient care, supporting education, and enhancing visibility, but imaging professionals must be aware of the potential pitfalls and be trained in how to use it both effectively and safely.
COCIR highlights telehealth benefits
September 17, 2014 -- The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) held a breakfast workshop on care coordination and telehealth at last week's International Digital Health and Care Congress in London.
Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Fuji to show Synapse 3D upgrade at EHI Live 2014
August 20, 2014 -- Fujifilm Medical Systems said it will be highlighting version 3.3 of its Synapse 3D software at the EHI Live 2014 conference, to be held from 4 to 5 November in Birmingham, U.K.
Long reports prone to speech recognition errors
August 19, 2014 -- Perhaps not surprisingly, long and complicated radiology reports that include many positive or unexplained findings have a higher risk for the presence of text errors mistakenly inserted by speech recognition software, according to research from National Health Service Grampian in the U.K.
BridgeHead, Forcare join forces
August 19, 2014 -- Healthcare data management vendor BridgeHead Software and Dutch healthcare IT firm Forcare are teaming up.
Siemens to sell Health Services to Cerner
August 8, 2014 -- Siemens Healthcare has agreed to sell its Health Services business to healthcare information systems firm Cerner for nearly 1 billion euros in cash, transforming the face of healthcare IT by combining the two companies' workforces to become the largest provider in the field.
Philips wins Irish PACS contract
July 25, 2014 -- Philips Healthcare has won a contract with an Irish medical clinic for its IntelliSpace PACS, the company said.
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.