Medical imaging is one of the most costly components of patient care. Data from the American College of Radiology indicates that diagnostic imaging accounts for 10 percent ($100 billion) of total annual healthcare costs¹. At least part of these staggering costs can be attributed to the fact that so many exams simply shouldn’t have to happen. In fact, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital
in Boston, MA, have estimated that a significant amount of studies—nearly 9 percent—are unnecessary or redundant².
As an ophthalmologist with a passion for health IT, P. Lloyd Hildebrand, MD, FACS, has thought a lot about the use of artificial intelligence in clinical practice. So as he and his colleague, H. Jay Wisnicki, MD, delivered a talk on the subject earlier this month at AAO 2017, Hildebrand was fairly certain that he could predict what his audience’s biggest question would be.
“It’s usually something like, ‘Are machines going to replace us?’ And my answer is always the same,” says Hildebrand, professor emeritus in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma. “This technology isn’t going to take away our jobs, it’s going to empower us and our profession. It’s going to make us better physicians, and it’s going to allow for better healthcare.”
The following is the third installment of a four-part blog series on vendor neutral archives (VNAs). If you missed the earlier installments, click on the links for Post 1
and Post 2.
It’s safe to say that Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption has happened in the U.S. The trend started long ago and accelerated thanks in part to the HITECH Act
and ‘meaningful use.’ And while we may not all agree on why
it happened or what fueled it, EHR adoption levels in the U.S. are quite high and continue to grow globally as well.
AuntMinnie.com rolled out the virtual red carpet on October 25, announcing the winners of the 2017 Minnies. The awards, which celebrate the best ideas and brightest minds in radiology, recognized numerous contributions that are advancing a future shaped by augmented radiology. IBM Watson Health is proud to have been recognized for our work in this field, taking home the award for Best New Radiology Software for IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review.
In today’s orthopedic market, practices are facing significant growth in patient volumes, mainly due to an aging population
. Given the corresponding growth in medical imaging, and the fact that images are essential for accurate care decisions, many orthopedic practices are seeking robust and cost-effective information systems capable of recovering data during unforeseen disasters while economically storing and managing images with other providers. A cloud solution can help.