dismiss

Clean Sweep Live Auction on Wed. May 1st. Click to view the full inventory

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Pediatrics
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment
advertisement

 

advertisement

 

Health IT Homepage

HHS releases second draft of TEFCA for nationwide interoperability Requirements for sharing electronic health information

Want to reduce readmissions? Let’s start with keeping patients healthier Insights from Robin Hill, chief clinical officer at Vivify Health

Decision support software could reduce scans by 6 percent: MIT researchers Prevent overuse of powerful and costly imaging exams

CMS to add more telehealth benefits to Medicare Advantage plans Aiming for greater flexibility, lower costs

Fredrik Palm ContextVision appoints new CEO

Trice Imaging connects imaging devices of large chain healthcare provider Aleris Patients and physicians can view images on laptops, cell phones

Three recommendations to better understand HIPAA compliance Approximately 70 percent of organizations are not HIPAA compliant

Researchers orchestrate malware attack to expose imaging vulnerabilities Deceived radiologists and AI algorithms into misdiagnoses

How hyper-targeting patient communications can improve medication adherence Providing specific messages can make a world of difference

Sound Imaging launches MR patient motion and detection system, SAMM MD Reduces repeat scans, prevents interruption to workflow

RSNA 2015

Cell phones create medical imaging HIPAA storage and security violations: RSNA

by John W. Mitchell , Senior Correspondent
In a classic “no good deed goes unpunished” scenario, representatives of two professional organizations are scrambling to get control over the widespread practice of using cell phones to document patient disorders.

“It is very tempting now for physicians and other clinicians to take a photo with a cell phone of a patient condition or injury,” Kim Garriott, principal consultant with Logicalis told HCB News. She has been retained by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) to lead a work group writing position papers on the issue to set new policies.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

RaySafe helps you avoid unnecessary radiation

RaySafe solutions are designed to minimize the need for user interaction, bringing unprecedented simplicity & usability to the X-ray room. We're committed to establishing a radiation safety culture wherever technicians & medical staff encounter radiation.



She said this practice — spawned by the widespread use of improved cameras in cell phones and tablets — creates several problems. Some of these problems have resulted in HIPAA fines for hospitals and doctors, according to Garriott.

“People end up storing these photos on their cameras, or emailing on an unsecured network,” she said. “Or they paste them into electronic health records and no one else, including consulting physicians, knows they are there. In essence the practice creates an image without an order.”

Garriott cited one case in which the ED photos of a patient’s mangled hand displaying surface damage were not available to a plastic surgeon that worked to repair internal injuries.

“It would have been nice if the plastic surgeon had access to the ED photos taken with a cell phone,” she said.

Garriott led a discussion group at RSNA with physicians and informatics and imaging specialists about a wide range of problems this practice creates. She said the group agrees this practice is not an intelligent way to use medical data to provide the best care for patients.

Dr. James Whitfill, who is a practicing internal medicine specialist, CMO for an ACO and consultant, told HCB News that the widespread use of cellphone cameras has coincided with the rapid expansion of EHRs to exacerbate the problem.

Another physician in the group, Dr. Christopher Roth, a radiologist and vice chairman of IT and Clinical Informatics at Duke University School of Medicine, said trying to get the picture archival system in radiology and most electronic health records to work together “is sometimes like trying to get a square peg into a round hole.”

The group of about 40 who attended the work group discussed a wide range of topics. These included:

- Creating a strong hospital governance committee “with teeth” to get control over securely storing and sharing photos taken with cell phones, scopes and video recordings initiated outside the imaging department.
- Soliciting the help of EHR vendors to offer better solutions in their products.
- Education among doctors and other caregivers about the problem and the safety of secure networks that are available. An ED doctor spoke about referring hospitals not wanting to upload trauma images to their network because of the erroneous belief it was not a secure network.
- Working to standardize or reduce different viewing devices often favored by different medical specialties, such as cardiac and orthopedics.
- End the practice of giving patients CDs of their images and expecting them to be responsible for getting this secure information to their doctor.

Dr. Alexander Towbin, chair of Radiology Informatics at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, predicted that it will take a few years for the group's work to get widespread guidelines in place.

Health IT Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2019 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED