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Choosing Wisely for radiology: More than a conversation starter

When the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, the stated goal of the initiative was to "spark conversation" about the necessity of certain frequently ordered tests and treatments. Currently, we are seeing evidence that Choosing Wisely recommendations--many of which are related to radiology and medical imaging--are, indeed, having an impact.

Texas Health Resources' Ronald Mehring: Teamwork crucial to tackling HIPAA audits

With HIPAA audits looming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, provider organizations are working tirelessly to ensure that when the federal government comes knocking, they won't be caught off guard. For Ronald Mehring, chief information security officer at Dallas-based Texas Health Resources, one of the most important aspects to preparation is teamwork.

Strategic radiology spending: What providers must know

How do hospitals know when it is time to acquire a new piece of imaging equipment, or replace an old one? In a new special report,  FierceMedicalImaging  examines the various factors that impact strategic spending by medical imaging providers. Read more...

Reporter's Notebook: Boston healthcare forum tackles Affordable Care Act, product innovation

The Economist's  Health Care Forum 2014 conference in Boston brought together healthcare leaders to discuss hot button topics, such as price transparency and the future of healthcare. And though they didn't resolve the big issues, some of the topics--such as whether the Affordable Care Act is a success or a failure--generated lively debate.

What hospitals can learn from other industries about consumer-driven care

In order for hospitals to stay competitive in the shift to consumer-driven care, organizations must focus on service, price transparency and quality. But the best model for this exceptional customer service isn't necessarily found in healthcare.

Patient-generated data: Re-evaluating the possibilities and necessities

It has been anointed as the next key frontier in healthcare. Patient-generated data, that is. A recent  FierceHealthIT  post featuring John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, focused on this important topic and highlighted the ease-of-use of the devices, the financial support that likely will be provided by Meaningful Use legislation, and acceptance of health monitoring devices as a necessity between episodes of care.

App certification a necessity, but a one-size-fits-all philosophy not the right path

Back in late March,  FierceMobileHealthcare  reported on a paper published by a trio of physician that focused on the need for mHealth app review and certification, stipulating the benefits and need given the increasing adoption, and increasing development, of mHealth apps.

Unnecessary imaging: Solving a multibillion-dollar problem

Earlier this month, research company peer60 published a report--as described in FierceMedicalImaging--which calculated that as much as $12 billion is wasted every year on unnecessary imaging. The...

Health IT stakeholders share ideas for boosting adoption

Various federal legislators and other healthcare leaders gathered to share their thoughts on the importance of technology's evolving role in improving patient care at the HIMSS National Health IT Week press conference in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

Healthcare future involves greater patient engagement, innovation and partnerships

What does the future hold for hospitals and healthcare? Patient engagement, better mental health services, partnering with pharmacies, innovation and different reimbursement models, according to a panel discussion at Wednesday's Health Care Forum 2014, sponsored by  The Economist.