Cardiology Roundup: New Research on Radiation Exposure

Cardiology imaging clinicianAs health systems make the transition to value-based care, it’s becoming more important than ever to treat the whole patient, not just the current problem. Part of this holistic approach is monitoring a patient’s cumulative radiation exposure. That means eliminating unnecessary scans (which also helps boost efficiency on the care provider’s side), but also reducing radiation exposure when possible.

There’s also a growing consensus that the concern shouldn’t be limited to patients, but should extend to the clinicians who perform the scans. Fortunately, new research shows it is possible to reduce exposure on both sides of the provider-patient relationship. Read on for the latest research in radiation reduction and avoidance, and to see where opportunities for further reduction remain.


Enhancing Value in Medical Imaging: SIIM Annual Meeting Takeaways from Scott Galbari

SIIM 2017Radiologists are challenged to prove the value of their work in order to thrive in a value-based care model. The problem is, the word “value” means different things to different stakeholders. A patient’s priorities — what they deem valuable — are different from how a technician or clinician would define the term.

This year’s SIIM Annual Meeting featured discussion on how radiologists can not only increase the value they bring, but work to make sure they can express that value in terms other stakeholders can easily recognize.


How to Increase the Security of DICOM Servers

The free flow of data across health systems has the potential to revolutionize patient care. Both providers and patients benefit when departments can freely communicate with each other. More sophisticated technology is bringing health systems closer than ever to true enterprise imaging: which makes patient data available to any provider who needs it, regardless of the point of origin or access.


ACR Annual Meeting Takeaways and Highlights from Laurie Bergeron

Laurie Bergeron is a Product Manager focused on imaging workflow. One of her favorite ways to stay in touch with her customer base and the changing market is to leave her office and listen to her end users. She recently attended the Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) to hear firsthand from radiologists, and she shared some highlights from the conference below:

What were the hottest discussion topics?


The Importance of Interoperability in Imaging

Clinician using enterprise imaging systemHealth systems are learning about the value of interoperability, to both exchange information with providers and also to help clinicians make more informed decisions. As health organizations are considering replacement of their imaging systems, it’s important to keep this in mind. An integrated, standardized approach to image interpretation and sharing is fundamental in the shift to value-based care.

Breaking Down Silos

Radiology is the hub of imaging in a hospital, yet much of the patient data required for accurate diagnosis resides outside the department. An enterprise-wide imaging and communication strategy can connect systems where patient data has been traditionally siloed to extract the relevant and necessary patient information for display in a radiology PACS.