Mount Sinai researchers are the first in the country to use artificial intelligence (AI) combined with imaging, and clinical data to analyze patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They have developed a unique algorithm that can rapidly detect COVID-19 based on how lung disease looks in computed tomography (CT scans) of the chest, in combination with patient information including symptoms, age, bloodwork, and possible contact with someone infected with the virus.
CMS recently announced a second round of regulatory waivers and rule changes to expand care to the nation’s seniors and provide health care systems flexibility. Though physicians applauded the new measures, they also said that CMS could do more to help primary care physicians recover from the financial toll of COVID-19. Some of the latest actions include the following: Health care professionals can begin implementing these actions immediately, CMS stated.
One of the most important details from this latest CMS announcement is that telephone visits will be paid at the same rate as the Evaluation and Management codes 99212 through 99214
-Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, MACP
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to 185 countries with over 2.1 million confirmed cases and 145,000 deaths, as per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard provided at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html. Imaging modalities such as chest radiography, thoracic and cardiovascular ultrasound, and computed tomography have roles in the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring, and therapy of COVID-19. However, the potential benefits of imaging need to be balanced against resource utilization and infectious risk.
Although the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has recommended against using chest X-ray for COVID-19 diagnosis, new research has revealed the scans, when performed on young and middle-aged adults in the emergency room, can effectively predict which patients with the virus will be at higher risk for developing more severe illness and requiring intubation.
If it has not already started happening, the post-COVID-19 imaging surge will likely hit your facility soon. And, to help you manage this considerable imaging volume effectively, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) released preparedness guidance.
Several medical societies have issued recommendations for diagnosing and treating patients with COVID-19 in response to the pandemic.
The decision to become a physician may be motivated by numerous influences. However, at the core is the desire to care for people and the sense of purpose that comes with positively affecting the lives of others.
Invicro LLC, a Konica Minolta company, is working with Microsoft to create a free repository of COVID-19 diagnostic CT and X-ray datasets to facilitate understanding and treating this global threat.
Healio spoke with Heather W. Goff, MD, MPH, associate professor of dermatology and Philip J. Eichhorn Professor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, about how to combat skin problems caused by wearing masks.
A New HCIT Resource for COVID-19 from Konica Minolta Healthcare The COVID-19 pandemic continues to heighten and the healthcare community still faces unprecedented challenges, Konica Minolta Healthcare is actively working to support healthcare facilities, clinicians and governments in the fight against this coronavirus.
As part of our campaign to bring you solutions that are in high demand, Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has designed and built imaging IT solutions for anytime, anywhere access. Remote reading and delivery of diagnostic reporting have never been more critical. Our web-based software solutions, Exa Platform® and Rede™ PACS allow radiologists to read and report from wherever they are from any device – workstation, PC, tablets, and smartphones. Visit our COVID-19 Resource webpage to learn more about our remote reading software solutions.