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Is industry use of CDs negatively affecting patient experience?

Many providers and organizations (likely even your own) continue to rely on old-fashioned devices, including using CD-ROMs to share medical images. Besides damaging our efficiency, these outdated technologies can also be harmful to the patient experience, which makes them harmful to your reputation, and eventually, the bottom line of your business. While the definition of […]

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Nurse burnout is common, but can be helped.

Nurse Burnout: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

The following is a guest post about the pervasive issue of nurse burnout provided by AdventHealth University Online. Unfortunately, burnout doesn’t stop with nurses — it also affects physicians. To learn more about ways to help prevent physician burnout, read article Physician Burnout: What is it and how to prevent it on Novarad’s blog.  Nurses are exposed […]

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2019’s Outstanding Trends, Issues, and Events in Healthcare

The year 2019 was a big one for the healthcare industry and radiology in particular. Looking back, here are a few outstanding trends, events, and issues that received a lot of attention this year. 1. Rise of Artificial Intelligence The real-world impact of artificial intelligence (AI) has become more apparent in radiology and elsewhere in […]

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What is Augmented Reality in Medicine?

How Augmented Reality (AR) is Changing the Way We Practice Medicine In just about every field — as well as in everyday life — technology continues to evolve and astound in its ability to transform the ways in which we do things. We are capable of more than we ever thought possible as a result […]

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What is Radiology Reporting, and Why Should It Be Online?

Why You Should Take Your Radiology Reporting Online Digital transformation has been taking place in healthcare for some years now, and many medical facilities offer at least some form of online patient access. When it comes to certain departments, it is perhaps more important than ever. Radiology is one of those departments. Let’s take a […]

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RSNA 2019 Survival Guide: Must-See Technology

Planning to attend the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2019 meeting on December 1-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago? Novarad has the scoop on getting the most out of this event. What to expect at RSNA 2019 The RSNA annual meeting gives radiology professionals opportunities to learn about new technologies, gain CME, and meet […]

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Physician Burnout: What is it and How to Prevent it

In the US, physician burnout grew about 20 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to researchers writing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Burnout typically involves physical and emotional exhaustion, usually paired with feelings of reduced motivation, increased cynicism, ineffectiveness, or discouragement. Common causes of physician burnout include heavy workloads, regulatory burdens, a lack of support from […]

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Interoperability

Is Interoperability Paving the Path to Truly Open Healthcare?

The following is a guest post written by Alex Tate, a Health IT writer providing perceptive, engaging and informative consultancy on industry-wide topics.  With the healthcare technology revolution brought in by Electronic Health Record systems, healthcare data is now more digital and more shareable than ever. Until less than a decade ago, hospitals and private […]

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Vaping and E-Cigarettes: The Inside View

In a season of horror movies and haunted houses, doctors and researchers are investigating more real-life scares. For the CDC, FDA, and state and local health agencies, that includes a nationwide outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping. As of October 8, 2019, the CDC has been informed of 1,299 cases of lung injury across […]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could Improve Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Every October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps expand public knowledge of breast cancer, its risk factors, and its treatments. For example, did you know that the rate of breast cancer in men, though rare, has been rising in recent years? The American Cancer Society estimates that 2019 will see approximately 2,670 new cases of invasive […]

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RVUs in Radiology: 3 Ways to Improve Your Productivity

If you have spent any time in the healthcare field you may have heard about RVU in a variety of contexts, including when used for medical billing or to figure out the optimal workload for medical jobs. When broken down, RVU can help you understand how certain services are measured to get the most value […]

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Getting the Bigger Picture of Radiologist Burnout

Does physician care go hand-in-hand with patient care? We know it does — when a healthcare practitioner faces these issues, so do their patients. In our last post on mental health for healthcare workers, we addressed how physician burnout can have adverse effects on patient care. Radiologist burnout has previously been looked at as a […]

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Yes, Radiology Can (And Should) Benefit from Clinical Decision Support

Did you know that 25 percent of all advanced imaging services are clinically inappropriate? If you didn’t, you’ve probably had an inkling about it and likely have experienced it yourself. This wastes time and money, causes unnecessary use of radiation, and devalues radiological services. This is just one of the problems that clinical decision support […]

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Enterprise Imaging is Here to Stay

While it may seem like just a trendy buzzword, enterprise imaging is ready to play a significant role in the future of hospital imaging. What is enterprise imaging? The term “enterprise imaging” is relatively new, and continues to evolve. Currently, enterprise imaging usually means collecting all patient data, including images and reports, into one place. […]

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How the “Silver Tsunami” of an Aging Population is Affecting Radiology

As the baby boomer generation ages, the U.S. healthcare industry is preparing for what is being referred to as a “silver tsunami” of older patients. According to the U.S Census Bureau, by 2035, senior citizens will outnumber youth for the first time in U.S. history, with populations of 78 million and 76.4 million, respectively. This […]

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Radiology: Standing Up to Cancer

How is Radiology Helping Fight Cancer? In honor of International Stand Up to Cancer Day, September 13, let’s take a look at a few of the newer ways that radiology is helping to fight cancer. Combining Radiology Reports With AI A team of scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown that an artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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What is a Picture Archiving and Communication System?

What is PACS? Medical imaging has undergone so many changes in such a short time, it can be difficult to keep track. Whether you are a healthcare provider looking to upgrade, or simply someone with no prior knowledge looking to learn more, often it can be beneficial to read a primer on the various technologies […]

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