Communication technology has long been credited with making the world “smaller.” But even today, some of the challenges with working across a healthcare enterprise seem quite large.

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.”

The liver lesion reporting system LI-RADS is comparable to traditional non-standardized reporting methods in terms of interreader agreement and diagnostic accuracy, according to results of a new study recently published online in Academic Radiology.

When radiologists discover harmless incidental findings, they are left with the complex, at times difficult choice of either including it in the radiology report or not mentioning it at all. In an original article published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Pari V. Pandharipande, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined how they believe radiologists should react when facing such a dilemma.

It is often people—not technology—that hinder the adoption and utilization of structured reporting standards in radiology departments. But having a successful standardized structured reporting program isn't impossible, according to an article published in the April issue of the journal Radiology.

A recent study of PACS-EHR integration—or the lack thereof—hit a nerve. In a survey of the members of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, just 47 percent of respondents reported that their PACS had been integrated with the EMR.

The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup already had a head of steam to build on when its leaders, members and potential new participants held a “meetup” on March 2 at the airy, sunlit HIMSS Spot during HIMSS16 in Las Vegas.

Academic radiology departments report varying levels of integration between PACS and other IT tools such as dictation systems, critical notification systems and electronic medical records, according to results of a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Over the last few years, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s enterprise imaging strategy has been simmering. After starting with radiology and cardiology, the hospital is preparing to add images from across all ‘ologies and fully bring its enterprise archive to a boil.

Dose-management software does the job when the job is monitoring CT technologists in real time to sharpen their attentiveness to radiation exposure.

Of 380 communication errors occurring in the radiology department of an academic medical center over a 10-year period, 37.9 percent had a direct impact on patient care and 52.6 percent were potentially impactful, according to a study running in the March edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Every year, the HIMSS annual meeting tackles the biggest issues in healthcare informatics, and managing medical images is always a big topic of discussion. This year’s focus is on enterprise imaging and the inherent challenges with managing different types of images from the various specialties around a hospital or system.