Weekly Radiology Review: Enterprise imaging in 2016, vintage x-ray photos and more

[vc_column width=”1/2″]As things start back up after the holidays, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of work. Let us ease your burden a little as we discuss some of the radiology and other healthcare highlights of the past week.

1. Enterprise Imaging Will Help Industry Achieve Patient-Centric Care in 2016 – ITN

Each year, we look back on what’s been done and forward to what might be. Although we can’t really predict the future, our Vice President of Healthcare IT Solutions, Mark Watts, does have something to say about the future of enterprise imaging in healthcare.

2016 is the prime time for enterprise viewers to really take root. We’ve been through the early adoption stage, with centers of excellence such as Duke University and the Mayo Clinic alleviating fears and helping to establish the whole-hospital, enterprise imaging system concept in reality. Even the government, though not in so many words, is pushing the enterprise viewing system forward. Expect to see more and more facilities attempting to implement a vendor neutral archive solution.

2. See Incredible Vintage Photos of People Getting X-rays – TIME

It was on this day 120 years ago—Jan. 5, 1896—that an Austrian newspaper first reported Roentgen’s original radiology discovery. To honor that, TIME has pulled together these vintage photographs of folks getting their x-rays.

Our personal favorites are the pediatric dental x-rays. They just look so happy! (Read: some of these kids would have surely rather been doing anything but getting an x-ray.)

3. Fitbit lawsuit claims devices inaccurately read heart rates – Modern Healthcare 

Three people filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Fitbit for supposed inaccurate heart rate readings during intense physical activity. The plaintiffs are asking for the company to cease deceptive marketing and provide refunds to unsatisfied customers, according to the lawsuit.

 

[vc_column width=”1/2″]4. Uncompensated services in radiology: cost of doing business – Diagnostic Imaging

A radiologist’s duties often end up being far more than reading images. Radiology is involved in writing and editing reports, prepping patients, consulting physicians, quality improvement, and much more. The question is, in a fee-for-service, how much of this time is billable? How are radiologists compensated for it, if they are? According to Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, vice chair for health policy and practice, department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, there are “clinical vignettes for every service in the Medicare fee schedule.” This includes pre-service, intra-service, and post-service.

In the event of lack of compensation, there are several ways that can help you show value, and link them to other revenue streams. Read this article for more details.

5. Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences in Compulsive Video Game Players – ITN

The mantra “correlation is not causation” applies perfectly to a recent study done by the University of Utah School of Medicine and Chung-Ang University in South Korea, published online in Addiction biology on Dec. 22, 2015. Brain scans from almost 200 adolescent males seem to show evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently than non-gamers. The differences are  hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks, that may be associated with a quicker response time to certain stimuli. Some of the other associations include distractibility and poor impluse control. However, whether these changes are caused by compulsive gaming or are already present has yet to be discovered.

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