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.

Managing medical images has always been a Herculean undertaking, even when the image types were contained to the “traditional” modalities of radiology. Now that an avalanche of different image types are coming down from all over the enterprise, will providers be snowed under?

The second version of the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) is effective at preoperatively predicting clinically significant prostate cancers, according to results of a Korean study published online in the journal Radiology.

A system comparing radiology findings with diagnoses provided by other clinical data sources was recently put to the test in a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Early indications are that it passed.

CHICAGO—Radiologists looking to improve their reporting chops have now viewed and/or downloaded the templates of best-practice radiology reports posted to radreport.org, the online template library of RSNA’s reporting initiative, some 2.6 million times. 

In 2016 and beyond, radiologists will need to tap imaging informatics in constantly expanding ways if they are to show their chops to referrers, patients and—not least—payers on diagnostic accuracy, workflow efficiency and report usability.