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It's natural to be tired near the end of a long reading session. But can fatigue affect a radiologist's performance when reading studies? It might, according to recent analysis from the U.K.

A team of researchers from Warwick University reanalyzed data from six previously published studies and found that radiologist performance did in fact change over the course of long reading sessions. But could the design of these studies be the cause? Click here to learn more.

In other featured articles this month in your PACS Digital Community, Stephen Holloway of market research firm IHS takes a close look at the fledgling health information exchange (HIE) market. Adoption of HIE offers tangible benefits for both radiologists and patients alike, and radiology should take a leading role in encouraging HIE adoption, according to Holloway.

Dr. Neelam Dugar of Doncaster Royal Infirmary in the U.K. also returns with another column. In her latest article, Dugar reflects on the concept of "actionable reports" and its impact on teleradiology. Click here for all the details.

Speaking of teleradiology, Simon G. Mellor of the Telemedicine Clinic shares his thoughts on why teleradiology companies must strive for quality in his editorial here. Also, find out how a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project is progressing by journeying here.

Unplanned PACS downtime can be a serious problem that can have a substantial impact on patient care. But Joachim Zaers, an engineer for Munich-based consultants Birkholz und Partner, has some tips for developing business continuity plans to help manage these unexpected outages. You can access them here.

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

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