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There is plenty of scope for improvement in the working relationship between radiology and IT departments in hospitals, it seems.

A new survey by the Radiological Society of the Netherlands has found that less than half of the 53 respondents enjoy a healthy collaboration with their IT colleagues. Also, there is a strong desire for better implementation of service-level agreements involving radiology and IT departments, and for more training and support for IT-related issues. The findings of this survey are worth a close look, and you can do so by clicking here.

Dr. Neelam Dugar, former chair of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists' Imaging Informatics Group, is convinced that understanding and defining HL7 fields from a clinical perspective are essential to achieving success in PACS replacement. She reveals details in her latest column about how the process was handled at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Click here to learn more.

During a PACS transition project, data migration from the old system to the new one often is the toughest task, but Peter van Ooijen, PhD, from the radiology department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands thinks the process is manageable, particularly with careful planning. Find out more by clicking here.

Meanwhile, radiologists in Barcelona, Spain, have been testing clinical decision-support software based on appropriateness criteria from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Called ACR Select, the software could be adapted for use in the European market if plans underway by the European Society of Radiology come to fruition. To discover more about this initiative, click here.

This is just a small sample of articles that have been posted over recent weeks in your Healthcare Informatics Digital Community. For a full list, see below.

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