This year’s HIMSS was another massive event, leaving no doubt about the critical role that health IT continues to have in all aspects of healthcare. The 2016 show had 42,000 attendees and 1200 exhibitors; it was virtually almost impossible to get around the entire exhibit floor, not to mention the conference panels and education sessions. Rising above the noise were strong themes of interoperability and the increasing presence of the cloud, both of which shifted from topics of discussion to product demonstrations and implementation showcases.
Mobile image-viewers have the power to increase provider access to images both internally and remotely, which can lead to faster interpretation/consultations and improved patient outcomes. Selecting a zero foot-print enterprise image-viewer, however, is a complicated process for clinical environments. In choosing the right clinical image-viewer, a multitude of factors must be considered including integration with existing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and other radiology information management systems, security, standards support, performance and more.
Advances in imaging technology and increasingly refined image quality is a double-edged sword for providers. While high-quality imaging systems offer a wealth of information for diagnosing and patient care, they also uncover incidental findings unrelated to the primary reason for the patient’s scan. Addressing and managing incidental findings, which occur in more than a third of CT scans make them hardly incidental, which is a matter of consistent concern for providers.