U.K. gets tough on teleradiology; Austria progresses on e-health; Walter Hruby interview

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Continued shortages of trained professionals in the U.K. have contributed to the growth of teleradiology companies, but the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is deeply concerned that reports made by overseas radiologists need to be more carefully regulated.

RCR is stepping up its lobbying campaign for tighter controls and has published a new position statement, but its views will not be shared by everyone. To read more, go to our PACS Digital Community, or click here. This debate looks certain to intensify, so please do let us know your own opinion by posting a comment in our Forums.

Most people agree that electronic health records are a fine idea -- at least in theory -- but they've proved challenging to implement in practice. Researchers in Vienna think they've made a significant breakthrough in this area. Go to our Healthcare Informatics Digital Community, or click here.

Dr. Walter Hruby is probably Austria's best known and most respected pioneer of digital imaging systems, and we've interviewed him about his thoughts on the future of healthcare IT. It's nearly 25 years since his hospital went fully digital, so he has some fascinating insight and experiences to share. Get the story here.

Standard breast density measurement thresholds derived from film-screen mammography don't port over well to full-field digital mammography (FFDM). Using breast density assessment software, however, researchers have found that lower percentage cut points for FFDM yielded comparable prognostic power. Visit our Women's Imaging Community, or click here.

The investigation of congenital heart defects used to concern mostly pediatric specialists, but because an increasing number of cases occur within the adult population, general radiologists and others now have to know about these defects. Austrian experts have tried to help out, and you can click here to learn more.

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