Is Your PACS HIPAA & HITECH Compliant

While the integration of technology into the healthcare industry came with a myriad of benefits including scalability, flexibility, easier communication, and cost efficiency, it also brought a plethora of security risks that compromise the safety of patients’ private information and data. Medical images now existing in a Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) format, […]

7T MRI Approved for Diagnostic Use

The FDA has recently approved the Magnetom Terra 7-Tesla, or 7T, MRI machine for diagnostic use. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines have been used as diagnostic tools since 1977 when the first case of cancer was identified using the device. Since then, the machines have been prescribed for use by internists, orthopedists and many other […]

Choosing a PACS

The PACS  Every radiology practice and hospital eventually ends up with a PACS that is out of date or no longer meets the requirements of their patients. Replacing your current system probably feels like a daunting task. Despite this, once you become concerned about updates and new software, it is generally less expensive to simply […]

EMR: Good or bad for medicine?

Aesop said that we often despise what’s most useful to us, but Aesop also said that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Perhaps, no two quotes could be more relevant to how EMRs and EHRs are impacting healthcare workers. What do doctors and nurses really think? What do the numbers […]

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

The practical limits on consumer-grade computer memory have prevented a large number of application types from entering homes or businesses until the 64-bit barrier was broken. Once it became possible for relatively inexpensive computers to address virtually unlimited amounts of memory, data sets which were too cumbersome for less advanced computers became usable, and new […]

The Truth About Cyber-Security in Healthcare Imaging

Despite the recent increases in large-scale cyber attacks all over various industries, radiology has come out relatively unscathed. Still, experts state that providers need to remain vigilant or else they are next. Cyber-security Dangers within Medical Imaging Last year highlighted the need for strong cyber-security systems in this digital era as major cyber crimes such as WannaCry earned headlines […]

Ultrasound Structured Reports

Unlike the old days when health practitioners used to infill ultrasound reports manually, currently, there is an emerging technology that records, encodes, stores and presents ultrasound data automatically in documents known as structured reports. While these systems has not been adopted and supported across the board all around the globe, it comes with a wide […]

How Medical Imaging is Being Threatened by Cyber Attackers and What You Can do to Prevent it

The University of North Texas just performed this survey to investigate PACS security usage and architectures in over 40 institutions. The organizations varied in size from 100-1,000 bed facilities and represented 50,000-1,000,000 examinations each year. The information in the UNT survey displayed several potential vulnerabilities in regards to security plans. Because of the Federal HIPAA […]

Top Concerns a PACS-Using Health Facility Must Address

While PACS (picture archiving and communication system) continues to gain prominence, numerous concerns piggyback the technology’s benefits. By choosing cloud-based or hybrid PACS software, you keep many of the concerns at bay; still few risks, vulnerabilities and threats can’t be overlooked. Considering the increasing number of cases in which the mishandling of the technology led […]