Study uses ultrasound to track vascular atherosclerotic plaque | EHR-linked image database opens research opportunities | PACS-based software improves radiologist-physician communication
June 22, 2017
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Clinical Advancements in Sonography
Study uses ultrasound to track vascular atherosclerotic plaque
Researchers working on the BioImage-2 study will use ultrasound to track the progression of vascular atherosclerotic plaque among patients who participated in an earlier study to determine whether carotid ultrasound imaging should be a routine clinical practice component. Findings from the original BioImage study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, suggested that ultrasound imaging can accurately identify patients at risk for cardiovascular events, said Pieter Muntendam, a leader of both studies.
AuntMinnie (free registration) (6/21) 
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EHR-linked image database opens research opportunities
A centralized image warehouse at Mount Sinai Health Systems integrates clinical images with anonymized electronic health records for research. The system will provide opportunities for using integrated data for research, precision medicine and diagnosis in a variety of research areas, including mammography, cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases and genomics.
Health IT Analytics (6/20) 
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Technology Update
PACS-based software improves radiologist-physician communication
A case study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found that new software based on a picture archiving and communication system improved communication between radiologists and referring physicians. Results included an increase in the number of both critical and non-urgent phone calls by radiologists to referring physicians, as well as improvement in physician satisfaction with the availability and communication of radiologists.
Radiology Business (6/16) 
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Practice News
Report analyzes health care data breaches in May
Protenus' monthly Breach Barometer report revealed that one or more health care data breaches were disclosed daily in May, totaling 37 incidents that affected more than 255,000 individuals. Health care providers reported 81% of these incidents, followed by third-party vendors and health plans, with organizations taking an average of 441 days to discover a data breach, compared with the average breach-to-discovery period of 51 days in April.
Becker's Hospital Review (6/20) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
Survey: Workload limits radiologists' time with patients
Heavy workloads and time constraints hinder radiologists' ability to communicate directly with patients, according to survey results published in Radiology. Survey respondents said changes in compensation structures might lower barriers to patient interactions.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/20) 
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More training on reporting template may be needed
The per-report use of "normal" on CT imaging reports increased from an average of 5.29 to 8.92 after implementation of a structured reporting template, but the use of the ambiguous term "unremarkable" also increased from 0.11 to 0.22. Greater use of "normal" in reports "reflects a trend toward more definitive reporting, which may increase clarity and satisfaction among referring physicians ... [but] increased use of the less definitive term unremarkable identifies an area in need of further training and improvement in our department," researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Health Imaging online (6/20) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Senate releases health care bill
The Senate's proposed health care legislation would continue cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers through 2019, allow states to waive rules requiring coverage of certain health care services, phase out the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid and repeal some taxes.
WSB-TV (Atlanta)/The Associated Press (6/22),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22),  Axios (6/21) 
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Hospitals could bear burden of complying with EHR requirements
The CMS' proposal to ease some EHR requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act would only benefit physicians and still require hospitals to comply with the meaningful use requirements. EHR vendors are not yet ready with their products, putting hospitals on a tight deadline to implement certified systems once they are available.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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ARDMS News
Starting July 21, you can take the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination year round!
Effective July 21, physicians can take the PVI examination at any time during the year. Now you can receive your score report as soon as you finish your examination. Learn more.
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Physicians, don't miss your opportunity to earn certificates in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in 2017!
If you are a physician who holds APCA certifications, you are eligible to earn certificates in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for free until Aug. 1. Learn more!
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