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The Uncertainty of Cancer

February 24, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

The author, with Dick and Carole Crew

Just two weeks ago, I wrote of losing an old television colleague to liver cancer. From diagnosis to death was less than two months. Today I am writing about the death this past weekend of another old friend and mentor, Dick Crew, who fought diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for about a year.[read more]

Imaging Portals Drive Patient Engagement and Satisfaction

February 18, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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A survey of 1,000 U.S.-based patients revealed that 83% believed that there is value in being able to access their medical images via a secure portal. This may not come as a huge surprise as patient portal adoption continues to grow in the U.S. and throughout the world, but medical images are often left out of the portal mix.[read more]

Innovating Technology to Drive Collaborative Care [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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Listen in on a discussion about fragmentation of the healthcare delivery system, how collaborative care can combat this fragmentation and lead to better efficiency, and the need for radiologists to be an integral part of patient portals as more patients use and rely on them.[read more]

Immuno-oncology: The Challenging Road Ahead

February 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Oliver Press

Experts say there is tremendous promise in stimulating a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer. A few new drugs are already on the market in this area for conditions like advanced melanoma and some subtypes of lung cancer. But there’s a caution just now: even when experts say they are “excited,” it can be a rough go for patients.[read more]

Remembering the Guy Who Made Me Look Good

February 1, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Brad Stafford

Just as my family is getting settled back in Charlotte after me being away 35 years, my friend Brad Stafford has died from complications of liver cancer. I never got to see him as his decline was very fast, and I am very, very sad. I wanted to recall some good times long before cancer claimed Brad’s life or disrupted mine.[read more]

Collecting Data Is Imperative for Surgeons: A Talk with Dr. David Fisher

January 29, 2015 by James Dias

Dr. David Fisher is an orthopaedic surgeon from Indianapolis with more than 28 years of experience. Dr. Fisher is devoted to providing the best possible service to his patients and has maintained a massive outcomes data repository throughout his career. We interviewed him on his dedication to data.[read more]

Aging Gracefully, Part 2: Slowing the Aging Process

January 8, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

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It is never too late to begin a preventive program to slow the aging process. We can slow physical decline with exercise, diet and reducing stress. We can avoid many diseases by not smoking. We can slow cognitive decline with physical activity, intellectual challenges and social engagement.[read more]

The Lessons of Stuart Scott

January 7, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott died January 4 at just age 49, and he is survived by daughters Sidni, 15, and Taelor, 19, who were the lights of his life. In watching and reading more about Stuart, what comes through for me is the story of a unique man who did not let cancer stop him, not once, not twice, not three times from doing what he loved—sportscasting.[read more]

How a VNA Unifies Clinical Data Throughout an Enterprise

January 5, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

VNA

What was once a siloed process for storing and accessing images has now been broken down and unified with the help of a vendor-neutral format, meaning that all of the images, photos, and videos are stored and viewable via a centralized location.[read more]

How Facebook Scares Me

January 5, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Facebook

Like any cancer survivor, I worry about what’s next. After all, I was first diagnosed 18 years ago. I stuff the fears down, but they are there. And that’s why there’s a trend on Facebook that scares me: patients who are not doing well post some of the most gruesome photos. Do we really need to see?[read more]

EHRs Play Critical Role in Radiology Decision-Making

January 4, 2015 by Andy Salmen

EHRs

As the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), now electronic health records (EHRs), becomes more prevalent, users are beginning to really understand their ultimate value and critical use. One of the most illuminating ways EHR data is helping out the healthcare industry is in their aid with decision making.[read more]

Business Analytics for Radiology

January 1, 2015 by Andy Salmen

Radiologists are turning to business analytics for data in order to streamline their workflow and improve processes. Analytics software helps radiologists to use programs to gather data, and combined with graphic visualization, leverages the information to identify workflow issues and make evidence-based changes to their processes.[read more]