Weekly Readings: HIMSS review and radiology’s place in precision medicine

We hope you’ve had an excellent week, and wish you an equally excellent weekend. We have come across five more articles this week that are sure to get you thinking, brighten your day, and hopefully inform you.

Additionally, we would like to officially announce the success of HIMSS! We had a wonderful time meeting everyone and sharing our VDI and our universal viewer, both of which were received very well. We look forward to another successful year, and if we didn’t see you there, we’d love to see you soon!

1. Three babies breathing easier thanks to 3D printing – Health Imaging

You may remember hearing a similar story a couple years back–that’s because this is a happy update to the one that started it all. In 2012, doctors were able to save a baby’s life with a 3D printing of an airway. They are proud to report that two years later, the baby is living happily and healthily, and the same procedure has helped save two other infants since.

2. CMS proposes paying for e-mail, text technology for speech-impaired – Modern Healthcare

Medicare may soon cover devices intended to aid the speech-impaired. After criticism for not covering certain devices that could be used for non-speech purposes (email, text, Internet), the CMS has decided that instead of covering only close-range speech-generation devices, they may cover devices that enable more long-distance communication.

3. Radiology’s role in precision medicine – Diagnostic Imaging

In President Obama’s State of the Union speech, he addressed a new vision for the future of healthcare–people getting the care they need, when they need it–or precision medicine. How can radiology best contribute to this ideal?

4. Should women over 75 be screened for breast cancer? – Aunt Minnie

Just under two weeks ago, theĀ U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released updated guidelines for mammography imaging; these guidelines stated that evidence is insufficient to determine the risks/benefits of screening mammography in women aged 75 or older. Does this mean that women over 75 shouldn’t be screened?

5. What is “vendor-neutral” anyway? – ITN

Providers are left with a couple of main questions: what is a vendor, and can any software ever be truly “vendor-neutral”?


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