Updates: New Article – Why Implement a Cardiology PACS? Part 1

Firstly, I do apologise for the long delay.

I was supposed to whip up an executive summary of my Master Degree’s final paper on “Industry Research on Cardiology Informatics in ASEAN” but the entire report was so long that an executive summary itself would be a full fledged report in its own right.

For those who do not know, I’ve officially graduated from my Master Degree back in July 2008 (with Merit, it could have been a distinction but…) and I’m like to thank all the research interviewees, without your participation, I’d never be able to gather the required data for analysis.

With this, it is my pleasure to release the first of the many articles to be derived from the final report (which was quite well received), please enjoy it here.

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Ramblings: I had a ‘bad week’

Phew, things have been very busy recently (and I mean really really busy).

I’ve been working on an ECG management system tender for the past week while helping the local sales team with 3 deals and the local project manager for an install site.

Nothing but ‘insane’ can describe it.

But, that’s not the ‘bad’ part, while my professional life is insanely busy, its nothing I can’t handle (just need more coffee and less sleep), the ‘bad’ part was that my activesync failed to work so I kinda lost all my data on my PDA Phone. Yes, its very ‘painful’.

I’m going spend some time rebuilding the data on my phone (there is a backup copy somewhere), hope my next rambling is a positive one

“Sob Sob”

iTunes plays radiology storage management song

According to the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, Dr. Li Jun Qian of the radiology department at Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine has an interesting solution for rhe management of radiologic PDF files – iTunes.

“Generally, PDF files are separated into distinct folders by a single topic, such as fMRI or evidence-based imaging. This approach, however, does not address the problem of classification of multisubject articles

“Storing copies of the same document in each appropriate folder wastes space, and, as the accumulation of files increases, the efficiency of finding target files drops,” Qian said.

With iTunes, available free from Apple (http://www.apple.com/itunes/), users are no longer required to keep multisubject PDF files in redundant folders.

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Study recommends standardized image reject methodology

This is a good read (source : here)

Studies like these always motivate me to spend more time on research.

Digital radiography systems are in common use for medical imaging, yet few studies have examined computed radiography quality performance in terms of reject rates. This lack is due primarily to difficulty in obtaining the data required to calculate reject statistics.

“This problem has been further compounded by the lack of software infrastructure necessary to centrally compile data for radiology departments that have multiple digital capture devices,” said David H. Foos of the Clinical Applications Research Laboratory at Carestream Health.

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Patients left untreated in U.K. hospital due to new Cerner IT system

This is not the best news one can get regarding Healthcare Informatics project, in fact, it really is one of the worst.

According to Computer Weekly, dozens of patients at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust in London went untreated for at least six months after the hospital introduced new Cerner IT systems under the NHS’ £12.7 billion ($23.83 billion) National Program for IT

It seems that the staff at Barnet and Chase was unaware of the problem for up to five months because they could not produce monthly information on patients, who had been waiting too long for treatment following the roll-out.

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Sorna offers free DICOM CD/DVD

“There is no such thing as a free lunch” but there are free DICOM CD/DVD Viewers.

Well, that’s what Sorna is offering – a free-of-charge DICOM CD/DVD viewer to healthcare treatment and healthcare IT professionals.

“Physicians are frustrated with all the different viewers on CDs they get. They asked us for a consistent viewing platform for their incoming CD/DVDs. We responded,”said Cyrus Samari, vice president of sales and marketing.”

Actually, there are lots of free viewers out there, its just not people wants more functionality or that the viewers to be ‘updated’ as technology changes, anyway, the Eagan, Minn.-based company said its reviewer CD is designed

  • For display of DICOM images from any modality
  • To be installed on computers running Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista operating systems.

I’ve personally requested a copy just to try it out, if you are interested to get a copy, click here.

User Group: Soft Launch of SSR’s Imaging Charter’s webpage

Alright, this has been on hold for quite a while.

Although the President of SSR – Michael Ong has yet to officially announce the launch of the Charter (well, he’s a busy man), I reckon there’s no harm doing a soft (and silent) launch so here goes;

SSR’s Imaging Informatics Charter Page.

Granted the url is a little long but one can always go to http://www.ssr.org.sg or www.binaryhealthcare.com and access it (the link from SSR will come in due course).

So what are some of the plans? Well, from the feedback I gathered from both vendors and users, the most pressing thing is the education of imaging informatics.

“Vendors?” you might ask, well, not the traditional RIS/PACS vendors but rather the IT companies that are looking at entering the Healthcare Informatics, like Hitachi (Storage), IBM (Servers & Storage), even Dell!

The only ‘bad’ news is these will have to wait till the 23rd Singapore Malaysia Radiographer’s Conference(SMRC) is over (cause everyone in SSR is busy with that), for those interested, I’d be presenting a theme paper, titled “MEDICAL IMAGING INFORMATICS, WHO OWNS THE ENTERPRISE PACS?”.

Interested? Then register for the 23rd SMRC now!

NHS managers not committed to informatics

In response to the government’s recent Health Informatics Review, British Computer Society’s Health Informatics Forum responded with a central message;

“Efforts to harness health informatics to improve patient care have been “impeded” by a basic lack of commitment from NHS managers”

The report also states;

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Planar sells medical business segment to NDSsi for $34M

The medical grade monitor industry sure is a competitive one.

First, it was Siemens medical displays business, now it Planar.

NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has acquired Dome Imaging Systems, the medical business unit of Planar Systems, for a cash purchase of $34.25 million. According to the Beaverton, Ore.-based Planar, proceeds from the sale will be used “to pay off the full outstanding balance of its current line of credit and augment future working capital needs.” 

I’m not going to rant more on Planar, if you are interested, do read more here.

Philips enters handheld ultrasound market

“Royal Philips Electronics has launched its handheld ultrasound system, the Philips CX50 CompactXtreme, for cardiologists to obtain diagnostic data bedside.”

Well, Philips, welcome to the world of handheld ultrasounds 🙂

Supporting adult transthoracic and transesophageal cardiology applications, the CX50 CompactXtreme features its PureWave transducer, which can improve penetration in difficult-to-image patients, reducing clutter, in addition, it also features Philips’s XRES adaptive image processing for reduced speckle and haze inherent with ultrasound imaging.

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