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Douglas F. Orr

You don’t need to buy a super-computer to do workflow, but you had better know exactly what workflow you are buying.

The message to HIMSS attendees this year is to decide if your present vendors are going to still be with you two to three years from now.

I'm expecting RSNA 2005 attendees to focus on the basics this year, as they tour the exhibits, attend some educational sessions and talk shop with colleagues in Chicago.

Tired of waiting? Try being a doctor for a change, rather than a patient. If you are a cardiologist waiting for an all-encompassing IT solution that is based on the real-world aspects of your practice and patient flows, well, pull up a chair, it's going to be a while longer.

The Society of Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) meeting - which takes place in early June this year - is now firmly established as the principal PACS industry meeting, supplanting RSNA and AHRA with a sharp focus on all aspects of radiology IT.

I don't know how you feel, but I spent more time reading RSNA pre-show, in-show and post-show coverage this year, way beyond what my eye doctor recommends.

In the eyes of radiologists, (the) image is everything. But to everyone else involved in the care of patients, the work that occurs before, during, and after the evaluation of the images is everything. Scheduling, patient info, orders, referrals, billing, reports - all depend on accurate and timely information that must be tightly linked to the images and patient record. Yes, all data must be secure and private, while remaining instantly accessible.

The Secretarial Summit on Health Information Technology was the scene in late July for the latest gathering of government and industry, launching the National Healthcare Information Infrastructure (NHII) 2004: Cornerstones for Electronic Healthcare meeting at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Not surprisingly, a standing-room-only audience estimated at 2,000-plus paid close attention in the search for the holy grail of current healthcare IT discussions - the EHR market.

You probably know by now that the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative is moving into the cardiology realm. But if this is news to you, there are some marketplace changes underway that you may want to understand - quickly!

IT is saving (and spending) money at a record pace in healthcare lately, or haven't you noticed that the doctor now plays games on his PDA while you cool your jets in the waiting room? Hopefully not. But when healthcare IT spending tops $30 billion per year, a few games come pre-installed.