Abracadabra, access!

Our era is information-rich beyond any time before it, and certainly beyond the ability of anyone to retain and process. The interview with Lincoln Berland, MD, in this edition of Partner Voice brings into stark relief the challenge radiologists have in managing the increasingly complex body of radiological knowledge. He reports on a collaborative effort that is bringing forth an intuitive new tool to provide clinical guidance where it is needed most—within the reporting process.

This is not your father’s radiology, to be certain. One of the challenges is staying compliant with an increasing number of quality reporting requirements, and Nuance’s Donald Naugler shares several ways that the company’s reporting platform can provide radiologists with a much-needed assist in submitting PQRS data.

Some of the most convenient tools we have to access information today are mobile devices. You’ll find coverage here of a recent webinar sponsored by the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine on mobile app development. Two California-based radiologists discuss the role of mobile apps as knowledge-access and information management tools and the ins and outs of building those tools.

I outsourced my memory to Google years ago and suspect some of you have done the same. It is our good fortune to live in a time of great innovation in information technology: Successfully leveraging IT offers the best hope for physicians to manage the growing burden of practicing medicine in the 21st century.