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Mary C. Tierney, MS
Vice President & Chief Content Officer, TriMed Media Group
Mary joined TriMed Media in 2003. She was the founding editor and editorial director of Health Imaging, Cardiovascular Business, Molecular Imaging Insight and CMIO, now known as Clinical Innovation + Technology. Prior to TriMed, Mary was the editorial director of HealthTech Publishing Company, where she had worked since 1991. While there, she oversaw four magazines and related online media, and piloted the launch of two magazines and websites. Mary holds a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University. She lives in East Greenwich, R.I., and when not working, she is usually running around after her family, taking photos or cooking.
 - Richard Shirey

Hartford Healthcare is Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network. Over the last several years, this community and academic health system has grown significantly through its strategic affiliations with hospitals and a variety of providers. To support that growth, the health system brought on a Sectra Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) to manage inpatient and ambulatory medical images across the enterprise. Image access and archiving became a strategic priority—initiated and dubbed the ImageConnect Project by Interventional Radiologist Barry Stein, MD, to guarantee physician access anywhere and anytime via their Epic EMR, says Richard Shirey, senior vice president and CIO and 40-year healthcare veteran whose task it was to execute on the project. Today IT is driving full enterprise access to patient images and information.

 - Memorial Hospital

Delivering key images, reports and patient data to the point of diagnosis and care is the Holy Grail of radiology and many other specialties today. Having the correct information for the patient at the right time for the radiologist or referring physician starts with having the right viewer.

Implementing a True Enterprise Image Management Solution (Q&A)

University Hospitals integrated health network is implementing a true enterprise image-management solution—VNA (vendor neutral archive)—which has been “a huge goldmine for patient care.”

 - MTBI MRI brain scars

The largest imaging-based study yet of active-duty U.S. service members suffering blast-related concussions has found that many more than expected develop white matter T2 hyperintensities, also known as “brain scars.” 

 - unhappy

CHICAGO—Interventional radiologists ought to be mindful of pre-procedure patient mood, as a negative state of mind heading in can kindle the self-fulfilling prophecy of a negative outcome.

 - Chart trending down

CHICAGO—Current biomedical research is tackling a number of major issues and contains myriad opportunities for imaging, but financial concerns loom large as research budgets fail to keep up with inflation, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, who delivered a special lecture last week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - Sectra-waiting room

In ancient Roman times, all roads led to Rome. From one monument in central Rome, all roads began and distances were measured. Today, the patient is at the center of care—with success measured in wellness, improved outcomes, reduced variability, increased quality and higher patient engagement and patient satisfaction scores.

 - raft, life-saving, business, boat

CHICAGO—The audit process for satisfying Meaningful Use (MU) in a private radiology practice is challenging, but ultimately fair, and the process can lead to a number of ancillary benefits besides the incentive payments, according to a presentation from practice representatives at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 - Terarecon Universal Viewer

The universal viewer is becoming a key driver to delivering an outstanding and complete clinical experience. Take a closer look.

Webinar: Northwest ImageShare: Linking Images, Clinicians & Care

Getting images via health information exchange represents a unique technical challenge—and opportunity for collaboration. Watch the video.