Dr. Keith Dreyer, MD PhD, a physician-researcher-executive at Partners Healthcare and luminary in imaging informatics discusses machine learning in opening this brief video on various perspectives. Additional Mass General radiologists including Dr. James Brink (Chief of Radiology at…
Merge Healthcare Adds Two Healthcare Veterans to the Company’s Senior Leadership Team
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, announced today that it has added two former Allscripts executives to the Merge senior leadership team. Steve Brewer will serve as Executive Vice President, Product Solutions and will have responsibility for the company’s solution strategy, marketing and business development teams. Steve Martin joins… Continue
(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Surviving healthcare reform: Get lean, learn the insurance game
We know healthcare reform will change the rules, but what can radiologists do now to be proactive? This is the first article in a series that will examine how healthcare reform is likely to affect radiology practices and how they can prepare for drastic change.
So far, few radiology practices, and none that I know of, have expressed relief that healthcare reform finally passed so we can… Continue
(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Preflight safety briefing: What can healthcare learn from aviation industry?
By Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH | October 6, 2010
Over the past week I have seen my fair share of our nation’s airports. After seven flights in six days I am ready for landing by land or sea and will not hesitate to don my oxygen mask before assisting my fellow passengers in doing the same.
Whether narrated by the flight attendants or shown as a video on the in-flight… Continue
Merge Healthcare Signs Distribution Agreement for Health IT Solution in Brazil
New relationship brings industry-leading eFilm Workstation® to the growing Brazilian market
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider , today announced a new distribution agreement with Microdata Tecnologia LTDA, a PACS and Medical Imaging Technology manufacturer in Brazil. Under the agreement, Microdata Tecnologia LTDA will have… Continue
(CALIFORNIA) -- While most iPad users have been consumers and business guys at this point. A big order of over 100 iPads at a California hospital was just placed! Kaweah Delta Health Care District has just ordered a whole bunch of iPads for their doctors and healthcare specialists for instant and mobile access of radiology/x-ray images, EKG results, and medical records. iPads actually turn out to be a very practical and superior solution when compared to other Windows-based tablets that are… Continue
Jefferies 2010 Global Healthcare Services Conference
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, will be presenting at the Jefferies & Company, Inc. 2010 Global Healthcare Services Conference. This invitation-only investor event will be held January 25 – 27, 2010 in New York.
This is Jefferies’ inaugural Healthcare Services Conference. Merge is pleased to be a part of a distinguished group of over 130 public and… Continue
Virtual Delivery Method Wins New Customer, Bringing Considerable Efficiency and Cost-Savings to RIS/PACS Deployment
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, today announced the availability of its RIS, PACS and Disaster Recovery solutions that leverage a cloud computing platform to manage a breadth of healthcare information. This scalable software as a service (SaaS) by Merge enables digital imaging enterprises to deploy a… Continue
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading medical imaging solutions provider, today announced that its Merge China business unit has signed a Distribution Agreement with PANGAEA Technology Limited, a distributor of CCD detectors, which are an economical alternative to digital detectors, for DR systems in the Greater China area. PANGAEA will provide the Chinese DR market with a bundled solution consisting of Merge CIE™ (Cedara Image Enhancement) and CCD through… Continue
(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Healthcare reform legislation from the House of Representatives, announced Thursday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is ready to go to members for discussion and a vote. The bill would cut Medicare payment rates for advanced imaging while establishing a 2.5% surcharge on the purchase price of new imaging equipment.
The $894 billion package combines provisions from three bills approved separately by House committees this summer. Provisions in those preliminary bills… Continue
(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The possibility that radiologists will score a major victory in healthcare reform legislation grew stronger this week with the endorsement of a proposal to link physicians' pay to the use of appropriateness criteria in the ordering of imaging studies. The last-minute addition to the Senate Finance Committee reform bill was approved by the panel Oct. 13 and will be debated with the rest of the reform bill on the Senate floor, mostly likely this week.
(RESTON, VA) - Weiner/Braley Self Referral Amendment Offered, then Withdrawn
September 23, during the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s continued markup of H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, Representatives Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) offered, then withdrew, their amendment to close the in-office ancillary services exception for advanced medical imaging under the Stark law. Both congressmen spoke about the problems… Continue
Letter From ACR Chair Thrall: Update on Health Care Reform to ACR - American College of Radiology Members
Dear ACR Member,
Congress has adjourned for its August recess and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you regarding ACR’s efforts on Capitol Hill.
In the House, the three committees with jurisdiction over the healthcare reform package, HR 3200, have completed their work and passed the bill out of their respective committees. The full House is… Continue
Center for Diagnostic Imaging Selects Merge Mammo™
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare, (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading medical imaging solutions provider, today announced a new contract with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), a national network of 51 imaging centers based in Minneapolis, MN. The CDI centers in the Twin Cities will use Merge Mammo 7.2, the newest version of Merge’s breast imaging workstation software. The solution will debut at the CDI center in Sartell,… Continue
The pending Senate Finance Committee health reform legislation is expected to contain deep cuts to medical imaging via a change to the practice expense imaging equipment utilization rate assumption for MR and CT from 50 percent to 95 percent. MR and CT procedures will be cut anywhere between 5 percent and 40 percent, in addition to the cuts already put in place by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Please call both of your Senators and ask that they oppose these drastic reductions.… Continue
SATURDAY, JUNE 13TH, 2009 AT 12:00 AM
Weekly Address: Health Care Reform as the Key to Our Fiscal Future
Posted by Jesse Lee
The President has long noted that skyrocketing health care costs will be disastrous in terms of our long term national debt unless we pass real reform. In this Weekly Address, the President also explains how he will cover the upfront costs of reform by eliminating overpayments from Medicaid and Medicare and driving down costs contributing to… Continue
(CHICAGO - June 15th, 2009) - The American Medical Association Annual Meeting had a special guest speaker and lecturer, President Barack Obama. As part of his extensive campaign to win the hearts and supports of the largest medical group in the United States, Obama spoke to the AMA constituency which included all specialties of medical practice, including the growing representation of radiology within the AMA.
Obama mentioned key points:
- Importance of Electronic Medical… Continue
radRounds (Riyadh) -- GE Healthcare has signed a major agreement with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health to train medical professionals.
Jan De Witte of GE Healthcare states ""Our association with the ministry is a landmark agreement for GE Healthcare in Saudi Arabia... We are privileged to share our learning materials and change management experiences with the Saudi professionals."
GE plans to train more than 600 radiology technologists with specialty in MRI, CT, and… Continue
April 8, 2009
Harsh economics dampen appetite for healthcare IT
by Greg Freiherr
The weakened U.S. economy is slowing the pace of growth in healthcare IT, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS. Only a little more than half (55%) of the 304 respondents participating in the 20th annual HIMSS Leadership Survey said their IT budgets would increase, compared to 78% last year. This year about 42% said their staffing levels would increase, down from 68%… Continue