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A study recently published in Journal of the American College of Radiology tested to evaluate if patient data provided by electronic medical records (EMRs) can help radiologists predict the probability of patients failing to show up to imaging appointments. 

The percentage of women interested or working in diagnostic radiology (DR) remains stagnant. The most recent statistic of women participating in DR was 26.9 percent in 2013, compared to 25.5 percent in 1990. 

Structured reporting in radiology has its detractors, but few would argue against the proposition that the days are numbered for traditional free-text narrative reports. The latter vary too much in language, length and style to consistently aid referring physicians making care decisions—a potentially serious demerit in the “prove your value” care era—while structured reporting offers a way to improve on not only consistency and actionability but also profession-wide quality.

Health Imaging caught up with Christie James, MS, president-elect of the Radiology Business Management Association, at last Friday’s annual meeting of RBMA’s New England Chapter in Somerville, Mass. James, whose fulltime job is operations manager of radiology revenue cycle management for the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, begins her 2018–19 tenure next April.

The disconnect over CT radiation discussions between emergency-room providers and the patients they serve may be wider than expected in the Image Wisely era. At one site, a new survey has shown that more than three-quarters of providers thought they’d routinely discussed radiation doses with CT patients—while fewer than one-quarter of patients said they’d been so informed.

 

Recent Headlines

RSNA 2016: Knowing the importance of communication between radiologists, physicians, patients

Though radiologists spend a majority of their time interpreting images behind a computer screen, proper communication with both referring physicians and patients still plays a significant role in providing the best care possible.

RSNA 2016: Radiologists must find dosing’s sweet spot to optimize patient safety

Too many radiologists think only about dose reduction when they hear “radiology” and “patient safety” in the same sentence, according to Ehsan Samei, PhD, professor of radiology at Duke University.

RSNA 2016: Social media and radiology are a perfect match

Social media is everywhere these days, and this quick and easy method of communication is being utilized across the country in almost every industry. 

New immunotherapy cancer vaccine to be tested in clinical trial

A new immunotherapy cancer vaccine meant to treat patients with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is being tested in a clinical trial.

Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Customer Satisfaction

For over 40 consecutive quarters—from the mid-2000s to 2016—Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has been ranked as the  #1 Computed Radiography (CR) manufacturer for customer satisfaction by MD Buyline, an independent organization that provides hospitals and health systems with evidence-based research and consulting services to advise hospitals on critical purchasing decisions.

Rad report grading systems: The quality metric of tomorrow or a step too far?

In the Journal of the American College of Radiology, author Richard E. Heller III, MD, MBA, recently concluded an article by saying radiology needs a “new and gradable standard” for written radiology reports. Is this a good idea? A bad one?

10 tips: How and why to hold a radiology-based ‘readiness huddle’ each and every day

From hospital-system sprawl to e-health screen staring, today’s modes of healthcare delivery often end up keeping radiology-department members and stakeholders from collaborating with one another in person. At Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, the imaging department is defying these currents. 

New cancer drug approved to treat leukemia

A new cancer-fighting drug meant to help treat leukemia and solid tumors was approved by the European Union. 

Radiation safety: ‘Who’s minding the children?’

The overuse of imaging and its potential harms in pediatric settings—especially exposure of children to ionizing radiation from CT scans—is so pressing an issue that it must be addressed urgently and systematically, according to the authors of a Viewpoint article published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

5 reasons radiology should replace ‘gotcha’-style peer review with ‘peer learning’

Scoring-based peer assessments of radiologists’ clinical performance should be phased out and replaced by a system of “peer learning.” For, if properly implemented, the latter approach would go beyond catching image-interpretation errors—and singling out those prone to making them—to incorporating peer feedback, encouraging shared learning and facilitating profession-wide improvement. 

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