Veterinary radiology reports are the primary means, and sometimes the only method of communication between the radiologist and the referring physician. A good report is not only accurate, but is also clear, concise, and descriptive. An effective radiology report should serve to generate a mental picture of any concerns identified by the veterinary radiologist in the patient’s scan.
The majority of veterinarians are migrating their analog imaging to digital technology. Whether transitioning from Computed Radiography (CR) by replacing film with a digital imaging plate or starting fresh with Digital Radiography (DR), much of their attention has been placed on acquiring the right capture hardware. Often the Picture Archive and Communication System or PACS is neglected or is prescribed by the hardware vendor. The wary veterinarian considering investing in a digital technology will face a myriad of Veterinary PACS medical image management options, vendor pitches, and a virtual Tower of Babel of technology. The task of navigating through these options can be daunting for the typical veterinarian. This article is intended to make your selection process simpler by identifying the most important considerations in selection of your PACS.
Neurologists know that the hour immediately following the onset of stroke symptoms – often called the golden hour – is critical to successful treatment. Stroke patients have a much greater chance of surviving and avoiding long-term brain damage if they receive treatment within an hour.
To use the cloud or not to use the cloud, that is the question. While locating your PACS in the cloud has become much more popular in the past few years, both cloud and on-site PACS have their specific merits. To cut through the confusion, we have outlined 5 considerations that should help you navigate this decision for your practice and answer the common question: Cloud or On-Site PACS?
By now you are likely familiar with ransomware and have heard horror stories that it is creating for healthcare organizations. If you read our recent blog, Medstar's IT systems were held ransom for $19,000 and Hollywood Presbyterian paid $17,000 to have their data released. Despite these recent events, you might believe these hosptials are unique and it wouldn't happen to me!
Whether it’s Medstar’s IT being held for ransom for $19,000 or Hollywood Presbyterian for $17,000, the FBI has made it clear that no hospital should pay ANY ransom to access their data. Instead, hospitals should invest in backing up their data to make it accessible in these worst-case scenarios.