Imaging Informatics

Radiology has improved efficiency in recent years by borrowing ideas from other industries, and Imaging Advantage, a teleradiology group, is finding success by tapping into the business models of Amazon or Uber.

Figure 1 is a mobile app for sharing images, but unlike popular photo sharing services like Instagram or Flickr, Figure 1 is geared towards physicians looking to swap pictures—and advice—with colleagues.

3D printers are providing surgeons with lifelike models and their patients with deeper understanding of the procedures they face.  In addition to more traditional 3D printers that can build muscle and and other structures, newer technologies avialable at places like Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston are now able to recreate flesh and bone.

A recent survey found that healthcare patients were comfortable sharing their private data for research purposes, but their comfort level dropped when their data was being used for marketing efforts.

A Philippines-based healthcare startup has recently launched a web-based application that works to combat the global shortage of radiologists.  

Morris Panner, former prosecutor turned entrepreneur and the focus of a profile piece in The Washington Post, is hoping to shake up image exchange with a new company.

The era of “big data” is upon us, and the challenge for healthcare will be to make sense of all the information being collected. The average hospital will have 450 terabytes of patient data by 2015, with much of that volume consisting of medical imaging.

In a recent unscientific survey conducted by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine and Brad Levin, MBA, general manager, North America, Visage Imaging, respondents indicated that current imaging IT leaves much room for improvement.

The non-standard approach to imaging reports no longer meets the needs of referring physicians, according to an editorial published in the May issue of General Surgery News. The editorialist called on professional societies and radiologists to follow in pathology’s footsteps and develop a synoptic approach to reporting. Read more at the link below.

In the imaging community, we are beyond well-versed in the hassles, inefficiencies and costs associated with CD-based image sharing. A feature published April 1 in The Wall Street Journal examined the RSNA Image Share through the lens of a 5-year patient and her family.