Three months after Hurricane Katrina devastated its city, the radiology department at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine at New Orleans passed along valuable lessons about PACS disaster recovery during a Hot Topic presentation Tuesday at the RSNA meeting.
As computer-aided detection continues to make inroads into virtual colonoscopy territory, studies presented Tuesday at the RSNA meeting highlighted its potential for spotting polyps.
Health information technology is not just about wired physicians or better treatment for patients, said Dr. David Brailer, the first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, at the HIMSS meeting’s closing session. It’s about treating the healthcare industry itself.
The push toward patient safety and technology effectiveness has begun to loosen the traditional boundaries between the worlds of information technology and clinical engineering.
In this era of robust information technology, systems should be improved to address the problems of human error in healthcare delivery, according to a participant in an e-session at the HIMSS meeting Wednesday. At the same time, solutions must be found for the critical problems of productivity in hospitals.
Certification of information technology products moved to the front burner last year, with the formation of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) dedicated to establishing a product certification process.
Hype took center stage in an education session at the HIMSS meeting, “Hype aside, what’s really happening in U.S. healthcare IT?”
Today's technology makes it possible for increasingly large networks to share medical information, and HIMSS attendees received an inside look at one Tuesday: a regional collaborative initiative operated by the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium. The initiative promotes the interorganizational exchange of healthcare data using information technology, standards, and administrative simplification. The role of the collaborative is to deliver the goal in seven to 10 years.
In an update to its Composite HealthCare System patient record, the Department of Defense Military Health System has moved away from an institution-centered electronic medical record and toward a more centralized model that focuses on the patient.
The electronic medical record provides an automated way to deal with the added complexity evaluators face as they attempt to measure not only what today’s medical residents know, but also how well they perform using that knowledge.