Concussion legislation yields higher healthcare utilization, but not more imaging

State legislation has played a role in boosting overall healthcare utilization rates in children with concussions, though the laws have done little to change CT scan rates specifically, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Supreme Court to Hear King v. Burwell on March 4

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in King v. Burwell for March 4, a court spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon.

Many observers have said the case has the potential to disrupt or even unravel the nation’s new healthcare law.

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Siemens Will Complete Separating from Its Healthcare Biz in 2015, but No IPO

Siemens Healthcare will become a separate company in 2015, as previously planned. But the highly profitable company won’t list on the public markets next year, the company’s CEO told a German publication. Prior to this, the conglomerate was keeping its options open as to what to do with the unit, after committing this year to sell off several parts of it in deals that are slated to close early next year.

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Study Confirms Imaging’s Shift From Offices To Hospitals

As policymakers attempt to curb healthcare costs, the use of advanced imaging — MR, nuclear medicine, and CT — has been shifting from private offices to hospital outpatient departments. So how might this trend affect patients?

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Report predicts more cybercrime for healthcare

The healthcare industry will continue to be a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals in 2015, according to the second annual Data Breach Industry Forecast conducted by Experian.

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How Hospitals Handle mHealth Security

Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safeguards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data.

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The Googlification of Radiology

Get ready for a revolution in radiological communications was the message of a panel of presenters on “Web Technologies: The New Healthcare IT Standard,” on May 15 at the 2014 meeting of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine in Long Beach, Calif. The revolt will be accomplished with technologies, architectures and concepts from web computing, and it is already under way.

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Report: Healthcare Reform will Slow U.S. Imaging Market

Ongoing healthcare reform and the move toward a value-based payment system will hinder the U.S. diagnostic imaging system market over the next decade, according to a new report from market research firm Decision Resources Group.

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Healthcare Employee Confidence Lowest in Over a Year

Employee confidence in the healthcare sector in the third quarter of 2014 fell to its lowest level in more than a year and more workers intend to look for a new job in the upcoming year, according to the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index.

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Why the Healthcare Sector is a Prime Target for Identity Theft

Greater use of electronic health records, black market demand for protected health information and a fragmented healthcare system contribute to rising rates of medical identity theftFortune reported. Last year, the medical sector experienced more data breaches than any other, and experts expect that trend to continue.Fortune examined what’s behind it.

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