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It's not always easy to determine how to best implement and expand imaging IT. A new model developed jointly by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics in Europe and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) may be able to help, however.

The Diagnostic Imaging Adoption Model can enable institutions to assess their current imaging IT infrastructure and plan strategically for the future, according to HIMSS Analytics and the ESR. Click here for all of the details.

In other news this month in our Healthcare Informatics Community, the ESR recently published results from a pair of surveys that aimed to assess opinions on the current state of teleradiology in Europe. While the data showed teleradiology has become widely adopted, opinions varied significantly on the threat it poses to radiologists. What else did they find? Click here to learn more.

A U.K. research team recently concluded radiologists unfortunately still remain underrepresented on Twitter in relation to other medical specialty groups. And if radiologists don't become more visible, they may be kept out of the loop when it comes to decisions that affect their futures, according to the group. What can radiologists do to engage more with patients and the wider public? Click here for our article by staff writer Frances Rylands-Monk.

Vendor-neutral archive companies are forging ahead with a vision of a paperless U.K. National Health Service, and these firms can learn a lot from what made PACS a global success, according to contributing writer Dr. Neelam Dugar.

In the early days of PACS, broad adoption of the DICOM standard was critical for driving the conversion to filmless environments. Now, compliance with the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise cross-enterprise document sharing model can play the same role in facilitating paperless operations, according to Dr. Dugar. Click here to access her latest column.

If you have any tips or suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered in the Healthcare Informatics Community, please feel free to drop me a line.

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