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 - David Wild

The persistent nudge of government policy has undoubtedly pushed the health-care world into modern times. Whether welcome or not, mandates such as meaningful use have made concepts such as patient engagement a priority among RIS/PACS design teams across the country.

Like many people, Chris Tirabassi has watched the political parties duke it out over the relative merits of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. As practice administrator for CNY Diagnostic Imaging Associates LLC (Liverpool, New York), however, he has little time for philosophical discussion. Instead, Tirabassi is knee-deep in the meaningful-use mandates of the HITECH Act, as they apply to CNY’s Syracuse-area private practice of six radiologists.

After learning to live without Sutter Health since 2010, Radiological Associates of Sacramento (RAS) will join once again with the Northern California-based health network

For the vendor-neutral archive (VNA), James M. Conyers says, making the A stand for archive no longer adequately describes the technology’s true capabilities. Conyers, national director of Enterprise Architecture Solutions for FUJIFILM Medical Systems, explains, “It’s more of an architecture than an archive. An archive is just one component of what the VNA actually does.”

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a constitutional challenge to Virginia’s medical certificate-of-need program, which makes it illegal to offer new medical services, or purchase certain types of medical equipment like CT scanners and MRI machines, without first obtaining permission from the government

Last year, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) referred to the 2.3% medical device excise tax as a “job killing” burden that would also “stifle innovation.” More than a year after the NCPA Issue Brief, the tax lives on

The FDA proposed rule that all medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier (UDI) will come with a cost says one presenter at the upcoming UDI Conference 2013

Ten years after selling AnciCare, a network of 1,200 imaging centers in 40 states, Michael Cabrera is again putting up his own money for a new venture. According to a feature in the Miami Herald, the Florida-based entrepreneur will this time focus on the Sunshine State’s workers-compensation market.

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in Bergen County, NJ, and Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, won for their excellence on multiple levels and superior patient care

An American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) official spoke in favor of appropriate use criteria to reduce inappropriate cardiac imaging in his testimony to the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee