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While computerized physician order entry systems bring many workflow enhancements, they can also introduce their own problems. A team from Cork University Hospital recently found that nearly half of electronic imaging requests from referring clinicians included inaccurate biochemical and/or hematological information.

These kinds of errors can lead to inappropriate prioritization, protocoling, and administration of IV contrast, and might even have an impact on the accuracy of radiology reports, according to lead author Dr. Maria Twomey. Click here to find out more.

In other news from the Republic of Ireland, details are emerging about how the implementation of a national RIS/PACS scheme has represented a significant milestone in the development of a national electronic health record. How did they achieve this goal? Click here to access our coverage from Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward.

In other articles this month in our Healthcare Informatics Community, a Brazilian research team recently reported favorable results from the use of the popular WhatsApp Messenger instant messaging mobile app for reviewing and classifying tibial fractures on CT scans and radiographs. Click here to learn more.

The rapid expansion in the number of CT scanners being installed in the Middle East has led to renewed emphasis on radiation protection and patient safety. Click here for our article by staff writer Frances Rylands-Monk.

There have also been changes in Germany's quality assurance guidelines related to the acceptance and consistency testing of image display systems. Dr. Georg Stamm of Hannover Medical School shares what you need to know in his article here.

In addition, find out why structured reporting's time has come by clicking here for an article by staff writer Rebekah Moan.

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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