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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]

How a VNA Unifies Clinical Data Throughout an Enterprise

January 5, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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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]

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]

The Essential Cheat Sheet on Radiology Billing

December 30, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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When it comes to profitability in healthcare, billing is only one part of the big picture. There are steps any radiology practice must take in order to ensure financial success. Here's a cheat sheet covering steps your practice can take in order to optimize the entire revenue cycle management process and lead to a healthier bottom line.[read more]

New Proposed CMS Rule on Radiology Reimbursement Rates for 2015

December 22, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 3rd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (PFSP). Included are proposed payment system changes initiated by CMS to reflect government mandated reimbursement to medical practices. Radiology billing will be affected by these potential new regulations.[read more]

Clinical Collaboration: The Evolution of the VNA

December 13, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Marianne Matthews, Imaging Economics

Marianne Matthews, chief editor, Imaging Economics, interviews Cristine Kao, global marketing manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream, about our new Clinical Collaboration platform and how the vendor-neutral archive (VNA) is changing, as well as some changes that Imaging Economics will be making in 2015.[read more]

2015 Digital Mammography Reimbursement: What to Know

December 12, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Radiology service providers continue to experience a rapidly-shifting professional landscape. Recently, the RBMA’s Payor Relations Committee (PRC) sent out an alert to RBMA members that warned of potential changes in the proposed rules that can have a potentially negative impact on digital mammography payments in 2015.[read more]

The Ministry of Health in Oman Moves from Analog to Digital Radiography

December 12, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Hamdan Al Nasri, Head of Radiology Services, Ministry of Health, Oman, discusses how the organization has made the switch from analog to digital radiography, and the benefits that it has experienced since the switch has been made.[read more]

Text-Only vs. Multimedia Enhanced Radiology Reporting (MERR)

December 9, 2014 by Rich Pulvino

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The world of radiology is evolving as technologies expand the way in which we collect, analyze, and share data. At RSNA 2014, Dr. Gelareh Sadigh shared the results of the study, “Traditional Text vs. Image and Interactive Data Embedded Multi-Media Enhanced Radiology Reporting: Referring Physicians’ Perceptions about Value.”[read more]

Will Shear Wave Elastography Make an Impact in Liver Disease?

October 15, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

Shear wave elastography uses ultrasonic waves to detect extremely small changes in tissue displacement, resulting in highly sensitive and reliable diagnostic images. Of the non-invasive imaging methods to diagnose fibrosis from chronic liver disease, ultrasound may be the most accurate and cost-effective option.[read more]