How can digital imaging help in the coronavirus crisis?
April 3, 2020 -- Could digital technologies like PACS and enterprise imaging help healthcare professionals manage viral outbreaks like COVID-19? Industry consultant Michael J. Cannavo offers some suggestions on building a national clearinghouse for COVID-19 patient data.  Discuss
Unified radiology worklist smooths after-hours workflow
March 23, 2020 -- Unifying multiple radiology worklists into a single worklist can make coverage of after-hours imaging studies more efficient and reduce report turnaround times, according to a clinical practice management case study published online March 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
National radiology group Aris shuts down
March 17, 2020 -- National radiology group Aris Radiology has discontinued operations and ceased all services, effective March 13. The shutdown occurred after its lending agency apparently declined to provide the company with additional funding.  Discuss
HIMSS cancels 2020 conference
March 5, 2020 -- Just days away from the start of its annual conference, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced on March 5 that the meeting in Orlando, FL, would be canceled due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.  Discuss
Vendor cancellations imperil March trade shows
March 3, 2020 -- One of the three largest medical imaging vendors -- Siemens Healthineers -- said March 3 that it is pulling out of all trade shows for the month of March due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The move could put pressure on other vendors to follow suit -- and some already have.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 2
February 21, 2020 -- In the second part of this series, IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo reviews the advantages of digital pathology systems and provides advice on what to look for in a vendor.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 1
February 20, 2020 -- Getting the go-ahead for a digital pathology system is a challenge due to cost. But leveraging shared imaging infrastructures improves the financial picture, writes IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo.  Discuss
Unprotected PACS servers present a security 'disaster'
January 13, 2020 -- More than 1 billion medical images -- approximately half of which are from U.S. patients -- remain unsecured and accessible using publicly available software, according to new reporting by TechCrunch and Heavy.com in collaboration with German security firm Greenbone Networks. And the problem is only getting worse.  Discuss
Hitachi board votes to sell medical division to Fujifilm
December 18, 2019 -- The board of directors of Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi has voted to sell its Hitachi Medical division to Fujifilm for a total price of 179 billion yen ($1.63 billion). The deal will combine two second-tier players in the radiology industry to create a firm that could compete with the largest multimodality vendors.  Discuss
Report: Fujifilm plans to buy Hitachi imaging business
December 17, 2019 -- Fujifilm is planning to acquire the medical imaging business of Hitachi in what would be a major consolidation of Japanese medical device firms, according to news reports. The deal would marry Fujifilm's strength in digital x-ray and image management software with Hitachi's modality scanner business.  Discuss