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IT: Essential to the Transformation of Medical Imaging

IT: Essential to the Transformation of Medical Imaging

Guess what, rads? It’s National Health IT Week! NHIT Week is a week set aside each year to showcase the value of healthcare IT. IT is essential to radiology today. Our field is in a state of rapid growth–the latest medical technology, strong IT tools and up-to-date personnel are essential! Health IT Preserves the Role […]

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Text Reminders can reduce patient “no-shows”

“No-shows” can be one of the most frustrating aspects of a physician’s job. No-shows have the potential to make a carefully crafted schedule become disorganized and provide the opportunity for compensation to vanish. While there is no way to completely stop no-shows all together, text reminders have proven to be an effective means of decreasing […]

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Use Enterprise Imaging to Support Value-Based Care

You have probably heard buzzwords in the medical field like “value-based care” or “interoperability” recently. In this post, we will review the ways in which an enterprise imaging solution can help hospitals and imaging centers alike support their value-based care initiatives. What is Enterprise Imaging? Enterprise Imaging is a type of software that allows all […]

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Choosing a Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

With the cloud becoming more standard in healthcare, using cloud services sounds more and more appealing to covered entities. The challenge, however, is finding a cloud service provider (CSP) in compliance. Luckily, with cloud service providers coming to see the value of cloud services for medical organizations, their standards are improving. Questions You Should Ask Where is my data […]

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As the world of healthcare changes, are you changing with it?

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The cost of healthcare to the patient climbs higher and higher every year, especially with high-deductible plans as the new “normal.” Patients have an even greater financial responsibility than ever when it comes to looking after their health. As healthcare changes, what can we as healthcare professionals do to help support the patient? Accessibility and consistency […]

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Just Throw It Up to the Cloud (Storage)

Cloud storage has been around since the turn of the century, although many consumers still think the cloud was created by Apple (Cloud computing is believed to have been invented by Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider in the 1960s). Cloud storage solutions are readily available to everyone, with most of us now saving our photos, music, […]

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Change Management in Practice: Using Choice Architecture to Ensure Workflow

This post is taken from a scholarly presentation submission at SIIM 2016 by Mark Watts, VP of Enterprise Imaging Solutions at Novarad. This post includes only the text portion. To see the abstract on SIIM’s website, click here. Hypothesis Choice architecture, as proposed by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in the book Nudge, Improving Decisions About […]

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What You MUST Understand About HIPAA and Patient Photography

You probably have patient photographs on your laptop, tablet and phone right now, but is that the proper control? The regulations that govern how photographs are to be stored and used by medical professionals is widely misunderstood. Everyone in the medical field is (or certainly should be) aware of HIPAA, and the importance of protecting […]

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Why Virtual Colonoscopy is the Future of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S for both men and women. Although it’s a serious health risk, less than half of people 50 and older get a colonoscopy. Why is this? Simply put, people don’t want to go through an uncomfortable and awkward procedure. Optical colonoscopy’s greatest downfall People are potentially risking […]

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

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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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4 Things You Need to Know About Clinical Decision Support Right Now

Over the past few months we have fielded several calls, emails and inquiries for information related to the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) mandate which was passed into law in 2014 as a part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). The law set the deadline for CDS implementation for January 1, 2016. The questions […]

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How will enterprise imaging improve your patient care?

It’s exhausting trying to keep up with every new healthcare technology that crops up day to day. Furthermore, how do you know that these things aren’t just fad technologies? How do you know what’s here to stay (at least until the next big thing comes along in five to ten years)? Does this struggle sound familiar? […]

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How to Select an Enterprise Imaging System

This list was written by Mark Watts, CRA. He has studied at the Harvard School of Public Health and Portland State University. He co-authored the textbook “Communication and Information in Radiology.”  Lately I have been focused on understanding the concept of the enterprise imaging archive (EIA), sometimes referred to as a vendor neutral archive (or VNA), and now, I’ve […]

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Why AI? The Potential for Computer Minds in Imaging

[vc_column width=”1/2″]Let’s play a quick guessing game. What do the following movies have in common? I, Robot. A Space Odyssey. The Terminator. The Matrix. They address the potential threat machines hold to humanity’s way of life. There is perhaps no greater perpetual source of innovation than the study and development of artificial intelligence. Simultaneously, it […]

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3 Things to Know Before You Go Tomo(synthesis)

Novarad has seen a marked increase in the number of customers exploring the addition of Breast Tomosynthesis (Tomo) to their imaging services. Since part of this strategic planning should involve Novarad and the expansion of its 7-year imaging archive(s), we have written this brief article to assist your planning efforts. Here are three items to […]

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Weekly Readings: Radiation Therapy, ICD-10 Implementation and More

[vc_column width=”1/2″]This week we’ve addressed several things. Radiation therapy has often been a challenge for imaging facilties–patients move around (not only kids) and it actually can cause quite a few problems. There are, however, some ways around it, such as emotional support, like the kind mentioned in one of our article picks. As far as […]

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Joint Commission Standards 2015: July 1 Deadline

[vc_column width=”1/2″]If you are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), you‘re probably aware of the new Elements of Performance (EP) related to Diagnostic imaging. The Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services, effective July 1, 2015, are listed to the right. It really boils down to successfully keeping track of your facility’s radiation dosages, which can […]

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Weekly Readings: Healthcare tips for cybersecurity and more

The still-fresh wound of healthcare cybersecurity (or lack thereof) was reopened this week with the Premera cyberattack that potentially exposed information for 11 million customers. We can think of nothing that says “be prepared” more than repeat problems and constant news coverage of an issue; with that said, this week we’d like to link you to […]

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Is an enterprise imaging archive (EIA) the first step to a more connected healthcare system?

[vc_column width=”1/2″]This post was written by Mark Watts, CRA. He has studied at the Harvard School of Public Health and Portland State University. He co-authored the textbook “Communication and Information in Radiology.”  Lately I have been focused on understanding the concept of the enterprise imaging archive (EIA), sometimes referred to as a vendor neutral archive (or […]

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7 Articles You Should Read This Week

If you’re looking for a better way to finish out your week, here are some great articles and important information you may have missed. 1. ICD-10 Transition: How to spend the next 28 weeks ICD-10 has gotten a lot of attention lately, with the implementation deadline approaching in October 2015 and the chance of yet […]

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