Weekly Readings: The patient is the priority + HIMSS survival guide and more

This week we’ve seen more news about patient engagement and technology, ultrasound imaging, patient protection, and breast imaging.

With HIMSS coming up in just a couple weeks, we’ve decided to share with you this great HIMSS survival guide we found on Healthcare IT News. Our favorite tip? Work hard and play hard. You will be surrounded with a wealth of amazing knowledge and connections with your peers, but remember that Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world! Don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself and the sights. Oh, and the food.

P.S. Stay tuned for a list of our favorite places to visit while we’re in Chicago!

1) HIMSS 2015 Survival Guide – Healthcare IT News

2) MRI scans visualize security warning fatigue – Ars Technica

You’re not overreacting to security warnings on your computer–this recent study shows data that indicate a dramatic drop in attention resulting from computer security warnings. The paper is titled “How Polymorphic Warnings Reduce Habituation in the Brain–Insights from an fMRI Study.”

3) DR Workflow: Protecting pediatric patients – HealthImaging

It’s no secret that without film, and without a good radiation dose monitoring program or a physicist, it can be difficult to tell whether you are giving a patient too much radiation or not–especially pediatric patients. In order to cut down on patient overradiation, the FDA commissioned (for lack of a better term) the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to make a safety checklist, which you may find towards the end of the aforementioned article.

4) Hospitals should ‘friend’ Facebook; quality ratings could benefit – Modern Healthcare

To use social media where health information may possibly be involved, or not to use social media where health information may possibly be involved. That is the question. Studies show however, that engaging with patients on social media can actually be a good thing.

5) Ultrasound is back in style, but does its quality match? – Applied Radiology

With patients and providers placing more emphasis on radiation exposure, ultrasound is making quite the comeback. With the advances made, ultrasound is arguably just as effective as some forms of X-rays–meaning some radiation is by extension, arguably unnecessary.

6) Breast imaging providers must lead density education – Aunt Minnie

Dr. Amy Thurmond, director of Women’s Imaging & Intervention in Lake Oswego, OR, contributed this piece to Aunt Minnie. Thurmond details her own experiences in educating her community about breast density and offers up some pre-made curriculum for ordering physicians and anyone who wishes to know more.

7) 4 ways to balance health privacy, data sharing – FierceHealthIT

In the words of David Ross, director of the Public Health Informatics Institute, “Data moves at the speed of trust.” Listening sessions conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicate that patients “need guidance and tools that link data to help them make better decisions.” Among suggestions for the balance between privacy and data sharing was the idea of launching a broad public education awareness campaign. What are your thoughts about data sharing?

Chicago River — image by Flickr user Giant Gingko

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