Imaging Informatics

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.