Advertisement Advertisement Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism. They might want to see the heavily promoted drama Designated Survivor (coming to ABC and CTV) because Kiefer Sutherland is in it and he’s Canadian, but it’s not quite that simple. He’s a very famous Canadian, and the show sounds like a good thriller. That’s the gist. Nobody will watch a TV series to be patriotic and help claim our cultural identity.That’s a point worth remembering in the context of the current contretemps regarding Canadian content rules and changes made by the CRTC. A lot of wild talk about supporting Canadian talent has been thrown about, as if patriotism is involved in making and watching Canadian TV. Advertisement School’s back, night comes earlier and thoughts turn to television. That’s the way it works at this time of the year.Soon there will be an avalanche of new programs on networks, cable and all the platforms that have emerged in the last few years. A cornucopia with the usual numbers of duds. People will decide what to watch based on several factors. A favourite actor is involved; the new series has been promoted relentlessly with a clever trailer, a friend recommends it or, heaven help us, critical buzz based on reviews in the newspaper or magazine. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
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Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Prior to joining Country 103, Connors radio career took him to numerous stations across Canada, including Winnipeg’s Power 97, Vista Radio in Kelowna, B.C., 91.9 BOB FM in Lindsay, Ont., and The Wolf in Peterborough, Ont. A huge believer in supporting community initiatives where he lives and works, Connors has been on the board of the B.C. Wildlife Park and Tim Horton’s Camp Day, and handled media relations for the International Fire Fighters Games.Connors is excited to be back in Southern Ontario with his partner Chelsea, daughter Berkeley, and a baby on the way. Southern Ontario’s Best Rock 97.7 HTZ-FM announced the addition of new Afternoon Host TJ Connors to its lineup. Connors is poised to punch up the afternoon drive on weekdays from 3-7 p.m. beginning this Monday, March 13. Connors was most recently the morning program host for Country 103 in Kamloops, B.C. where he played an active role in the community with local charity and not-for-profit initiatives. “Funny, smart, and engaging, TJ is a terrific talent and we can’t wait to introduce him to our listeners,” said Jeff Winskell, Program Director, Bell Media Radio. “We’re delighted by this strong addition to the talented HTZ-FM team, and we look forward to adding him to our daily lineup.”“I’m thrilled to be back in St. Catharines, and can’t wait to get reacquainted with listeners across Southern Ontario,” said Connors. “I look forward to joining our listeners on the drive home on weekdays, and getting into the groove of what makes our audience tick.”A second-generation radio talent, Connors proudly follows in the footsteps of his father, well-known broadcaster Scruff Connors who served at the same station formerly called CHTZ-FM from 1989-1992. Twitter
19 June 2007The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom worldwide has condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist Sahar Hussein Ali al-Haydari, whose murder follows those of two female Afghan journalists in recent weeks. “In only a few days, three women journalists have been brutally murdered,” declared Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), reacting to the killing of Ms. al-Haydari, who was killed by unidentified gunmen in Mosul on 7 June.A correspondent for the national Iraqi press agency NINA and the independent agency Aswat al-Iraq, Ms. al-Haydari also taught journalism, including for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London.Her murder follows those of Zakia Zaki, founder of one of the first community radio stations in Afghanistan managed by women, and Shokiba Sanga Amaaj, a reporter and presenter for the Pashtu-language private television channel Shamshad TV.“These pioneering women were targeted because they devoted their energy and courage to help bring about democratic change in their societies,” Mr. Matsuura stated, adding “I trust these particularly heinous crimes will not go unpunished.”Ms. al-Haydari is the second journalist from Aswat al-Iraq to be murdered this year, according to UNESCO. Her colleague Nazar Abdulwahid al-Radhi was shot to death in southern Iraq on 30 May. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 106 journalists and 39 media workers have been killed in Iraq since March 2003.
Rogers is preparing to launch an online streaming service in the coming months that would compete with Netflix, according to a report in the online trade magazine Cartt.ca.Industry sources suggest the service would more closely resemble Hulu Plus, which offers consumers in the U.S. digital access to new TV shows for a monthly fee, said Cartt.ca editor-in-chief Greg O’Brien.Rogers has spent more than $100 million on content deals to build a robust catalogue of TV shows and movies that subscribers would be able to stream on demand, said Mr. O’Brien, who added that his sources did not know how Rogers intends to price the product.“From what I understand, $100 million buys them quite a bit,” he said.“And what it does is it keeps those TV titles and any film titles that they might be able to get away from Netflix in Canada, so it makes the Netflix library weaker.”If you’re going to have your business cannibalized you better be the one doing itA spokeswoman for Rogers would not comment on the Cartt.ca story and would only say: “As previously reported, Rogers is looking at opportunities to deliver a [streaming] service. There are no additional details at this time.”Rogers has stated in the past that it takes so-called “cord cutting” seriously. Cord cutting is when consumers stop paying for a traditional television plan and instead make do with streamed content, tap into free over-the-air signals, or watch DVDs and Blu-rays.“We’re kind of in the beginning of what we think is a major transformational stage in the TV world,” said David Purdy, senior vice president of content for Rogers Communications, in an interview last June, “so we have a ton of questions and we’re doing a lot of research these days.”In November, the Convergence Consulting Group estimated about 400,000 Canadian TV subscribers out of 11.8 million have cut the cord since 2011, which is about 3.5% of the market.Other industry buzzwords are “cord shavers,” referring to consumers who have cut back on their TV packages because they’re spending a lot of time streaming digital content, and “cord nevers,” who are typically younger consumers who have never paid for a TV plan and perhaps never will.“I definitely believe that if we don’t evolve our products and services — the way we have been and are planning to continue to do so — that ‘cord nevers’ are a very real risk. There’s 12.7% of Canadians that don’t subscribe to a pay service today and not quite half of that comes from people who have never subscribed to pay television,” Mr. Purdy said.Rogers isn’t alone in recognizing that the breadth of streaming content available online — which is most often ad-supported but free — is a threat that can’t be ignored, Mr. O’Brien said.“Rogers can see the writing on the wall, as anyone in the media industry can, if you’re going to have your business cannibalized you better be the one doing it,” he said.“Cable might be the big dog right now but it won’t be forever, so you’re going to see this is just the way it’s going and everyone can see it’s going that way. It might look like they’re cannibalizing their own business, and in a way they are, but if they don’t, someone’s going to do it for them.”
OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in July were up 1.9 per cent compared with June.The increase was led by the Greater Toronto Area, while more than half of all local housing markets reported an increase in sales from June to July.Compared with a year ago, sales in July were down 1.3 per cent due to fewer sales in major urban centres in British Columbia.Banks in better shape to absorb losses from possible housing crisis: Moody’s‘It’s probably going to get worse’: Montreal’s hot real estate market spawns once-rare bidding warsBaby boomers plan to stay in their homes, renovate in face of unaffordable housing marketsThe actual national average price for homes sold in July was just under $481,500, up one per cent from the same month last year.CREA says it was the first year-over-year increase since January.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the national average price was just under $383,000.
Opening the Sixth High-Level Meeting of heads of regional and inter-governmental organizations, he said a key point in his own UN reform proposals was creating a Peacebuilding Commission , “which could help ensure that peace agreements do not collapse and yield to renewed violence.” Such a Commission would bring together international and regional bodies, affording regional organizations the possibility of having “a seat and a voice at the table during the critical rebuilding stage in countries emerging from conflict,” he said.For international peacekeeping, “the demands of war-stricken countries often outstrip the UN’s capacity to deal with them” Mr. Annan said, while other organizations may be better suited to respond to certain situations, as illustrated by the leadership role of the African Union (AU) in efforts to end the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan.“We wholeheartedly welcome an overall increase in global peacekeeping capacities, and strongly support their further development at the regional and sub-regional levels, including through the proposed 10-year capacity-building plan for the African Union,” he said.Mr. Annan said General Assembly President Jean Ping has been leading discussions to build consensus in several areas, including the handling of terrorism and post-conflict reconstruction, and “the UN’s relationship with regional organizations is a critical part of the discussion.”Other areas in which interaction between the UN and regional organizations could be improved include supporting national development, strengthening democratic institutions, good governance and the rule of law, promoting respect for human rights, responding to humanitarian emergencies and dealing with organized crime and corruption, Mr. Annan said. He said he would invite representatives of regional bodies to take part in relevant meetings of UN coordinating bodies and would implement proposals to hold the High-Level meeting annually, perhaps when regional organizations were meeting with the Security Council.
TORONTO – Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s board has created a special committee to oversee a review of the media conglomerate’s strategic options amid what CEO Paul Godfrey called “an unrelentingly challenging environment.”The company reported another big loss in its second quarter Thursday.“There’s no doubt that we continue to see similar challenges as our industry competitors, both traditional and new players,” Godfrey said Thursday on a conference call with investors.The Toronto-based company (TSX:PNC.A) says the review could recommend options like a sale of non-core assets, cost reductions or a refinancing.Executives declined to comment during the call with investors on anything pertaining to the possibility of another strategic route for the company’s capital structure. The company does not intend to disclose more information on the process until the review is complete, according to a statement, or until it’s required to do so by law.The company is already looking to trim millions of dollars more from operating costs by mid-2017 as it reported a $225.1-million loss in its second quarter.The bulk of the loss was related to non-cash accounting items, plus a $63.8-million increase in operating expenses, primarily related to its acquisition of the Sun Media business from Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B).The owner of the National Post, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen and numerous other daily newspapers says its revenue for the quarter was $209 million — up $63.6 million from a year earlier due to the addition of Sun Media.Excluding the acquisition, Postmedia’s revenue would have been $126.4 million — down 13.1 per cent or $19.1 million from a year earlier.The drop was a result of a $13.8-million decrease in print advertising revenue, largely from the automotive sector, as well as declines in print circulation and digital revenue.But Godfrey believes Postmedia has made some “strategic moves” to leverage its strengths that can help it “successfully monetize in an evolving environment.”In January, Mogo Finance Technology Inc. signed a three-year deal for a minimum of $50 million of promotions commitments from the media conglomerate. In exchange, Postmedia will receive a percentage of Mogo’s revenue and rights to buy stock in the company.Godfrey said he believes Postmedia can replicate this type of arrangement with other companies.In the meantime, it remains committed to trimming $80 million in costs by mid-2017 — a goal the company will certainly reach in the first half of that fiscal year, said chief financial officer Doug Lamb.Measures initiated over the last quarter are expected to result in $23 million of cost savings.These mostly came from the merger of newsrooms in multiple cities where the company owns two papers in each market, Lamb said. Ninety employees lost their jobs at the time of the mergers.Postmedia also consolidated some printing and fine-tuned distribution in the past quarter. Since the company announced its cost-cutting goal in July 2015 — when it was initially $50 million — it has cut $55 million.While the goal remains to trim another $25 million, the company is always assessing whether to increase that number, Lamb said.Postmedia’s long-term debt stands at nearly $650 million. Next year, more than $300 million of that debt matures.The company’s largest shareholder, GoldenTree Asset Management LP — which owns more than half the company’s variable voting shares and a portion of its debt — has been looking for buyers for its stake.The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. was approached about a potential purchase, but was not interested, a spokesperson confirmed to The Canadian Press in March.Meanwhile, the company announced Thursday that GoldenTree partner Ted Lodge had resigned from Postmedia’s board of directors. GoldenTree is permitted to nominate one member to sit on the board but Postmedia said it does not plan to fill the vacancy.GoldenTree did not immediately return a request for comment.———Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter Special board committee oversees review of Postmedia’s strategic options by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“He urges all actors to create a conducive environment for the next elections and to maintain the momentum to implement the outstanding commitments of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Asian nation’s political leaders had reportedly failed to nominate since late 2012 a prime ministerial candidate who could lead a new government that would be responsible for holding Constituent Assembly elections.The country has been plagued by political disputes since a civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished. There have been important achievements in the peace process to date, including the completion of the discharge and integration process of the ex-Maoist army, the successful and largely peaceful elections in 2008, the removal of all minefields, and a smooth transition to a Republic.However, challenges have included a missed 27 May 2012 deadline for a new Constitution and the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly that followed.In today’s statement, noting an upcoming visit to Nepal by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman – from 19 to 21 March 2013 – the spokesperson said it “will be an opportunity to express the continued commitment of the United Nations to cooperate closely with Nepal in support of progress in the peace process.”
Mr Basu went on to say that the dual issue of terrorists returning from fighting abroad and those who were unable to leave Britain in order to fight, meant the threat is “now in our midst”, the Daily Mail reported.He added that borders and ports were “porous”, with “a lack of biometrics and advanced passenger information” which made them vulnerable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Isolated communities and illegal Islamic schools are a “breeding ground” for terrorism, a senior police chief has said, as he warned the security services are investigating 600 extremist plots.Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror chief, said that the nature of the threat the UK faced has shifted, warning that the main danger came from extremists “in our midst”.Mr Basu highlighted the risk posed by illegal schools, saying: “segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremist and future terrorists”.The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner also revealed that the intelligence services were currently investigating 600 terror plots, of which 60 were opened in the past six weeks alone. In July, Cressida Dick, the Met’s commissioner, warned that 500 investigations were active.Speaking during the Police Superintendents’ Association conference yesterday, Mr Basu said counter-terror officers currently open more investigations than they close each week.He added that there were also weaknesses in the country’s borders and called for much stringent checks on arrivals as he warned the UK’s terror threat level would remain at severe for at least the next five years.He said: “It is not going to change. This was truly a summer like no other, it was truly a shift and not a spike, it is truly a new norm that we face.”
The Nissan Leaf may be designed with the environment in mind, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to race.Nissan has announced that a racing version of the much-touted electric vehicle will be unveiled later this month at the New York Auto Show.The NISMO RC, as it’s being called, will feature a carbon fibre body, rear-wheel drive, and a shorter wheel base than the standard Leaf.“Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series,” Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas, said.The car will officially debut on April 20 and is expected to participate in a number of unannounced races throughout the rest of the year.Via PluginCars.com
File photo Share1311 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 4:37 PM File photo Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Mar 7th 2017, 4:37 PM Short URL By Tom Tuite 43 Comments Insects found crawling around in box of sweets at Tallaght cinema Customers who bought sweets at the IMC cinema later found insects at the bottom of the container. 29,515 Views INSECTS were found crawling around in a box of sweets bought at a cinema in Tallaght in Dublin, a court has heard.Irish Multiplex Cinema (IMC) Tallaght Ltd was convicted and fined €700 after pleading guilty at Dublin District Court to selling contaminated food that was unsafe for human consumption.The prosecution was brought by the Health Service Executive (HSE) under an EU law regulating food safety.It came after a complaint about the cinema, which is in the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, was made to environmental health officer Fiona Healy.Outlining the facts of the case, solicitor Adrian Lennon, for the HSE, told Judge John Brennan that the case related to IMC Tallaght which could be described as a low risk food retailer selling confectionery, soft drinks and popcorn.On 8 December 2016, customers bought sweets at the cinema which were put into a cardboard container which they later brought home.“When they were getting to the bottom, they discovered a lot of insects crawling among the sweets in the container,” Mr Lennon said.This rendered the product unsuitable for human consumption by reason of contamination.IMC Tallaght’s solicitor told the court that the sweets were a small quantity which had come from a larger mass provided by a third-party supplier. That product line has now been discontinued, the court heard.The food hygiene offence could result in class-B fine of up to €3,000, the court was told.Judge Brennan said it was clearly a serious matter as the defendant is a large business operation with thousands of consumers going there on a regular basis. That, he said, has to be taken into account an aggravating factor.He also said it must have been particularly discommoding for the cinema-goers to find the insects at the bottom of their sweets.However, he noted the cinema had no prior criminal convictions, the quantity was very small and there was a third-party supplier. They had discontinued the product line and had taken appropriate action, he said.He imposed a €700 fine and ordered that it must be paid within three months.Judge Brennan ruled that due to the guilty plea being entered on the first day the case was before the court he was not going to order the cinema firm to pay prosecution costs.Read: Shouts of ‘Justice for Daniel’ in court as Richard Dekker is found guilty of teenager’s murderRead: Vera Twomey has finally arrived at the Dáil after her 260km trek for her daughter https://jrnl.ie/3275421 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
o From “victim” to suspect: How the investigation unfolded.o Web page devoted to coverage of the Bethany Storro story.Reassuring the public that she’s getting the mental health treatment she “so desperately” needs, Vancouver resident Bethany Storro pleaded guilty Friday to a gross misdemeanor for lying to police about having acid thrown in her face by a black woman.Storro, 28, made national news last year as a victim who said she was attacked by a stranger Aug. 30 near Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Approximately two weeks later, she admitted that she’d applied a caustic drain cleaner on her face in an attempt to kill herself, but then panicked and decided to say she was attacked. During a 10-minute hearing Friday in Clark County Superior Court, Storro stood between her attorney, Andrew Wheeler, and Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik.Originally charged with three counts of second-degree theft for taking money that had been donated to help her and her family, Storro was entered into a felony diversion program for one count of second-degree theft. The other two counts were dismissed, Golik said, and if Storro completes the terms of diversion the felony theft charge will be dismissed.Storro has repaid the money she was given, including what she’d spent. To finish the 18-month felony diversion program, she will have to reimburse the Vancouver Police Department $3,982.64 for overtime costs incurred by detectives. She will also have to comply with the terms of her mental health treatment plan and report regularly to a felony diversion counselor, Golik said.
2:58 Now playing: Watch this: Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future 1 Share your voice Tags The announcement of the MCU-based game will be livestreamed on Square Enix’s site. The Avengers video game was first announced in January 2017, with Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex studio Eidos Montreal attached to the project, according to CNET sister site GameSpot. “They say the time of heroes is over. That if you’re ‘different,’ you’re dangerous. But I know the truth. The world will always need heroes. We just need to reassemble,” said the narration in the original teaser trailer. The teaser showed damaged gear — Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s hand and Captain America’s shield — with the tagline “reassemble.” “The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise,” a Square Enix press release said at the time. “Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come.” Originally published May 29, 12:37 p.m. PT. Update, May 30: Adds information on leaks. Revelations are coming. Marvel Marvel’s Avengers video game will be detailed at E3 next week, but background has leaked already. Ahead of the E3 showcase, a description of the Avengers video game was leaked via the E3 Coliseum website, including that the game will have co-op and solo play options. The leaked details have since been removed from the E3 site, but according to PC Gamer the description of the E3 unveiling of the game said: “This is the defining Avengers gaming experience: an epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay. “Assemble in teams up to four players, master extraordinary abilities, customize your heroes to fit your playstyle and combine powers to defend an ever-expanding world under constant threat.” The game’s showcase description has now been reduced to: “Join Crystal Dynamics and Marvel Games for a Panel about Marvel’s The Avengers.” The long-awaited Avengers Project is scheduled to be unveiled June 10 at 6 p.m. PT during a presentation at the show by Japanese game developer Square Enix, Marvel tweeted Wednesday. Comment Marvel Thor Captain America Iron Man The Avengers Culture Gaming Video Games Comics Tune into Square Enix Live E3 2019 for the worldwide reveal of “Marvel’s Avengers”! 🗓️ The event begins June 10th at 6pm PT: https://t.co/uJmah4JLc6 #SquareEnixE3 #Reassemble #PlayAvengers pic.twitter.com/QSbf28PrLg— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 29, 2019
More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageYes, even some shiny-new cars have already been recalled. Emme Hall/Roadshow On Friday, Ford issued four new recalls that cover 10 nameplates in total across the US and Canada. In the US, 576,595 vehicles are affected by one of three recalls, while the fourth is exclusive to Canadian cars.Missing seat restraintsThe first recall is for a lack of seat restraints and covers 483,325 vehicles in the US and another 58,712 in Canada. Per Ford’s announcement, the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2019 Explorer and 2019-2020 Expedition are affected. Specifically, models with a manual driver or front passenger seatback recliner mechanism may house the defect. The new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are also part of this recall, but only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recliners are included.The problem? The vehicles might not have a third pawl to produce the required amount of seatback strength. In the event of a crash, a weak seatback may not restrain a passenger properly and increases the risk of injury. Affected models were produced as early as September 2018 and as late as Aug. 2 of this year. Owners will need to take their vehicles to a dealership where a technician will inspect the seatback assemblies, though Ford said they most likely will not need repairs. If a vehicle does, the dealer will install a new seat structure that meets guidelines for strength and integrity at no charge.Loss of power steering in cold-weather statesFord’s second recall covers vehicles in states and Canadian provinces with “high-corrosion conditions.” Read: lots of snow and plenty of road salt. Due to improper wax coating, corrosion may affect the steering gear motor’s bolts and lead to the loss of power steering. If it’s bad enough, the motor may become loose and detach from the housing. This recall affects the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Ford Edge and the 2015 Lincoln MKX.The sudden loss of power steering would require more steering effort, especially when cruising at lower speeds, and can increase the risk of a crash. Ford plans to replace the steering gear motor bolts and apply a new wax sealant to fend off corrosion. If bolts are already broken or missing, the vehicle will receive a new steering gear altogether at no charge to the owner.Overheating brake padsThe third recall is exclusive to the 2019 Ford Fiesta and involves brake caliper seal contamination. Per the automaker, the subcompact car may have been exposed to incorrectly labeled fluids during production. The exposure could produce a brake caliper leak, which in turn, may reduce brake functions and cause pads to overheat. Both cases increase the risk of a crash.Only 2,624 cars are involved in this recall, and Ford said just 50 of them have been delivered to customers. The rest are still sitting at dealerships and will be fixed prior to sale. The fix will see technicians flush the current brake fluid and replace brake calipers free of charge.Corroded battery junction boxesThe final recall is exclusive to Canada and covers 2012-2013 Ford Fiesta models. In total, 13,564 cars may have corroding battery junction boxes in certain provinces. Relay or fuse corrosion may lead to the loss of low-beam headlights while driving and daytime running lights may not work. Ford plans to have technicians clean the junction boxes, replace any corroded fuses, terminals and relays and finally install foam sealing to the cover to better protect the component. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring hits the road with plug-in power 27 Photos Recalls Lincoln Ford 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD The 2020 Lincoln Aviator takes flight with plug-in hybrid… SUVs Car Industry 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 5:29 Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Lincoln Ford
“Now hold on now, we gotta keep ’em on,” Pacheco said. “The point is even if you’re wading in shallow water, you want to keep you life jackets on, OK?” Kids with the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club cross Ship Creek with Kris Pacheco (center) and Kate Martin (right) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo) The kids also practice throwing flotation devices to their friends to pull them back to the edge of the pool. “Without these life jackets, that would’ve been almost impossible for you guys to do, OK?” said their instructor, Kris Pacheco, an undergrad from Western New Mexico State interning with the Fish and Wildlife Service and developing the wader-safety lessons. She and the other kids make it across just fine, and pretty soon they’re casting into the creek. Barney says he also likes to see the look on the kids’ faces when they reel in their first fish. None of them gets one on this day, but they do see a few, shouting, “Fish! Fish!” “I’m pushin’! I’m pushin!” Naomi said. Kosette Isakson with the Office of Boating Safety instructs a group of kids from the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club on rescuing someone in the water at the West High School pool. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo) “Today was more of, kind of like getting their feet wet, pun intended,” Pacheco said, laughing, “and getting ’em used to feeling the way it actually feels with your waders full of water, and getting that muscle memory down, like, ‘What do you do if you fall in?’ Lay on your back and don’t panic.” On one recent summer day, kids are at stations with instructors in every corner of the West High School pool. At one, they put on life jackets and waders, to see what happens when they fill with water, and then there’s a friendly race. That’s why Kosette Isakson with the Office of Boating Safety says their time at the pool is not just fun and games. “Yep, I gotcha, just push into the water,” Martin said. Aside from teaching safe fishing practices, the Fish and Wildlife Service wants to connect new people, who are excited about wildlife, to national wildlife refuges. And for some kids, that starts at Ship Creek in the middle of Alaska’s largest city, next to a port, a railroad terminal and a military base. A couple weeks later, and with a lot more eye protection, the group is at Ship Creek. This is one of the busiest fishing spots in Alaska, right in the heart of Anchorage. It’s a sunny day, and the creek is lined with fishermen as Pacheco, the intern from New Mexico, helps several kids cross the creek. It’s a lesson — they’re facing upstream, moving slowly, some linked together — but he’s also trying to just get them to a better fishing spot. “I think just, it’s important to the development of anybody, experiencing things that you might not be used to, having new doors, new opportunities opened to you,” Barney said. “And, just, it’s Alaska. Some of us, Mom and Dad take you fishing, and that’s just what they do. A lot of our kids, they might not have that opportunity, so, here it is.” Pacheco says he didn’t learn to swim until he was in his late 20s, and he says activities around water can be intimidating and sometimes dangerous for people who haven’t had opportunities to do things like fishing. At the top of a hill watching over the group is David Barney with the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. An apprehensive girl named Naomi doesn’t want to go at first, but Kate Martin, another adult with the Fish and Wildlife Service, takes her hand. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Office of Boating Safety have been teaming up this summer with local Boys and Girls Clubs to get more Anchorage kids fishing. The goal is to teach them to do it safely, while having a good time, and it all starts with some instruction and fun at the pool. For the most part, they’re laughing and smiling. But the heart of this program is teaching kids how to deal with scary situations that could kill them: More than half of the 25,000 drownings in the United States over the past decade were in a natural setting like a river or ocean. That statistic goes up with age, and for kids 1-14 years old, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. “Usually after they’ve practiced a few times, I try to tell ’em, OK, this time, really like imagine in your mind, it’s windy, it’s wavy, somebody you love is in the water, it’s scary, you know?” Isakson said. “So remember what to do, take a minute, try to get ’em in that mindset, because I think they’ll remember better, you know, otherwise yeah it’s just a fun day at the pool, but really we’re trying to learn life-saving skills.” “OK, I want to try,” a girl said, starting to take off her personal flotation device.
New Delhi: Taking a potshot at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the party never recognised efforts of anyone but only the members from the Gandhi-Nehru family. Replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha, Modi said the Congress never spoke about the good work of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narasimha Rao. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us “There are some people who feel only a few names contributed to the national progress. They only want to hear those few names and ignore the others. We think differently, we feel each and every citizen has worked for India’s progress,” Modi said. “Did they ever speak about the good work of Narismha Rao Ji? In this Lok Sabha debate, the same people did not even speak of Manmohan ji,” the Prime Minister added. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us Modi also reminded Congress of the Emergency, saying it’s a blot on the democracy that will never fade. In his first address to Parliament after being voted to power, Modi also stressed on the need to move together to fulfil the dream of a strong, safe, developed and inclusive nation. The Prime Minister said the NDA was given a chance to rule in 2014 as the people thought it was a way of escaping from the UPA regime. Advertise With Us “We have to move together to fulfil the dream of a strong, safe, developed and inclusive nation. “I think beyond winning and losing elections. I strive for the welfare of the countrymen. For me, what is satisfying is the opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and do work that has made a positive difference in the lives of our citizens,” Modi said.
The Delhi BJP on Thursday visited night shelters situated at ISBT, Ajmeri Gate Chowk, Nehru Place, Gole Dankhana, Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri, Rohini and Patparganj and found that the arrangements were not at all satisfactory. Later, they wrote a letter to the Lieutenant-Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung seeking his attention towards the condition of these night shelters and demanding improvements.In the letter, BJP state president Satish Upadhyay said that it is very regrettable that in spite of strict directions from the High Court between 2012 to 2014, during the tenure of the then Congress and AAP governments and bureaucrats respectively, the condition of these night shelters have become bad to worse. He said that the visiting team of Delhi BJP found that most of the night shelters either did not have toilets or are very dirty and cannot be used. There is an urgent need to work for the improvement of these night shelters. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreIn the Nehru Place night shelter, the BJP team found that a particular community had converted the night shelter into their 24 hour house and installed make shift ovens. There was no water supply in the toilets and the entire nearby park has turned into a toilet for them due to which local people are very agitated. The BJP team received complaints at RML Hospital and Gurdwara Bangla Sahib night shelters that those staying there have to shell out money.
Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. March 24, 2010 – “The NCBC stands as a testament to collaboration, cooperation and camaraderie,” said NCBC President Don Dizon, M.D., FACP, at the 20th Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, hosted by National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) on March 20 – 24, 2010 in Las Vegas. Imaging Technology News spoke with Dr. Dizon in an exclusive interview at NCBC, in which he unscored the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. “Whether it be in medical oncology and the evolving role of genomic fingerprinting and use of targeted treatments, surgical oncology and the use of non-invasive techniques, radiology and the use of newer imaging modalities, or pathology with a continued push for uniformity, breast care has never been so complicated and yet, so rewarding, not only for ourselves, but for those we aim to help: our patients,” said Dr. Dizon. The exhibitors echoed the call for interdisciplinary medicine to managing breast cancer by displaying diverse technologies that offer innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating breast cancer.Aspyra announced at the show the FDA gave clearance to its AccessNET PACS, with viewing capabilities for digital mammography studies for diagnostic interpretation using FDA approved monitors. The PACS will now include the display of mammography CAD results, the IHE conformant hanging protocols, and other display capabilities for digital mammography studies.This system integrates with the on-board functionality of the Matrox Xenia card, which provides significant performance and quality improvements using high-resolution displays and images required for mammography.Other recent enhancements to the PACS target performance improvement for accessing and reading radiological images. These include more intelligent compression for transferring images and dictations from remote locations, improvements in the navigation and functionality of commonly used imaging tools, and support for management of critical results.For more information: www.aspyra.comCarestream Health is demonstrating the workflow enhancement tools in its multi-modality breast imaging workstation, the Kodak Carestream Mammography Workstation. The multi-modality workstation enables diagnostic review of all breast imaging exams (full-field digital mammography (FFDM), ultrasound, MR, CR and others) as well as all general radiology exams. It also displays surgical files, clinical images and patient data in any format at one workstation. With this model, radiologists do not have to read FFDM exams on each vendor’s proprietary workstation, and then switch to additional workstations to review other types of breast and general radiology exams.The workstation also displays mammography CAD markers, integration of breast MRI CAD, and decision support tools. The company’s mammography workstation can be integrated with RIS/PACS systems from multiple vendors. (www.carestreamhealth.com)Dilon is touting its recently FDA cleared GammaLoc system, as an accessory to the Dilon 6800. GammaLoc is a gamma-guided localization system to enable gamma-guided biopsy. The Gamma Loc system utilizes a CorreLocator paddle and a StereoView imaging collimator system – a technique similar to that used in stereotactic X-ray localization. The GammaLoc software calculates the specific location of the suspect lesion. The GammaLoc system includes the following capabilities:• localizes lesions found through breast-specific gamma imaging, a molecular breast imaging technique;• allows the physician to calculate lesion location and depth;• incorporates a computer user interface with detailed step-by-step procedure instructions; and• provides 180 degree access for gamma-guided biopsy.(www.dilon.com)DR Systems has debuted the Unity Women’s Health Imaging PACS designed to handle images and date from the following modalities: digital mammography, digitized prior film-based mammograms, breast MRI, PET/CT, breast ultrasound, CR-mammography, bone density, and nuclear imaging.The automated platform integrates the following workflows:• resource-based scheduling• patient registration and tracking• technologist image acquisition• diagnostic reading and clinical review• automated reporting• BiRADS, MQSA tracking and mailing• exam archive• Web distribution to referring physicians and electronic medical records• charge capture to a facility’s billing system or service• facility-defined managerial reports Michael Trambert, M.D., lead radiologist for PACS reengineering at Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, Santa Barbara, Calif., the first clinic to go live with the solution, gave a talk on his latest findings regarding the integrating FFDM with PACS. (www.dominator.com)GE Healthcare is spotlighting the Senographe Essential. This FFDM platform serves both current and future applications. It features a large 24 x 31 cm detector to accommodate all breasts shapes and sizes. A is designed to offer image quality at an low dose. The streamlined workflow for faster throughput and increased first-time accuracy. The Seno Advantage review workstation with PACS connectivity. The goal of GE Healthcare’s early health model is to help clinicians detect disease earlier, access more information and intervene earlier with more targeted treatments.For more information: www.gehealthcare.comHologic Inc.is highlighting the Selenia Dimensions 2D digital breast mammography system. According to Hologic, everything in the new system Selenia Dimensions 2D can be configured for 3D breast imaging when and if breast tomosynthesis is approved by the FDA.The company also has on display the MultiCare Platinum prone biopsy table, a prone system with new features to make it more comfortable for the patient and easier for the doctor in doing prone breast biopsies.In the line of workstations at NCBC, Hologic has added a new multimodality and MR-CADWorks options to the SecurView mammography software. The SecurView workstation now offers enhanced review features for all breast imaging modalities in a single integrated platform. Hanging protocols define different modalities, and the workflow keypad has been integrated with the multimodality viewer.The multimodality viewing options can be expanded with Hologic’s new MR-CADWorks package for advanced review of breast MRI images, including a full suite of tools to allow for analysis of kinetics, or wash-in and wash-out of contrast agent over time. All processing of MRI images is done locally so that images can be displayed in different presentation formats dynamically. For more information: www.hologic.comiCAD is highlighting its computer aided detection (CAD) products for the early detection of breast cancer and other health-care related applications. CAD from iCAD can reportedly detect 25 percent of breast cancers, an average of 14 months earlier than screening mammography alone. iCAD is an independent, integrated digitizer hardware and CAD software company offering computer aided detection solutions. (www.icadmed.com)Magview is featuring its mammography and breast procedure reporting and tracking systems. The modular solutions include HIS/RIS MagLink Interfaces, Smart Scheduler for patient scheduling, QC EasyWare for quality control, Digital Dictation, Transcript Management, Film Tracking, RIS and billing systems and more to meet the needs of stand alone radiology clinics. (www.magview.com)Naviscan is illustrating how positron emission mammography (PEM) system can be integrated into a busy mammography department in the poster board Integration of Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) in a Clinical Breast Center. The poster listed comparisons between PEM to breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for referring physicians. The list indicated that for younger patients, PEM is a better option because of hormonal changes. It also stated that PEM might be a better option than breast MRI for patients challenged to fit in an MRI due to weight, claustrophobia, patients with metal implants, or for patients with adverse gadolinium/contrast reactions. (www.naviscan.com)PenRad Technologies Inc. is featuring its Digital QC Mammography module engineered to automats the process of recording and calculating for the digital environment for FDA recognized modalities AWS, RWS, and printers based on guidelines established by the individual manufacturers and/or MQSA. PenRad offers a Digital QA/QC module for digital imaging facilities in addition to its analog module. The data is captured into a simple form to track, calculate, and record. The module produces MQSA reports for audit and inspections. The QA/QC data can be centrally located or installed on a laptop and transported to each room or reading area. (www.penrad.com)Philips Healthcarefeatured its Integral Breast Workspace, which includes the products MammoDiagnost VU, Multi-modality Breast Applications and DynaCAD on a single workspot. The Integral Breast Workspace is also a multivendor workstation. The system is designed to address the need for integrated image and information management and seamlessly interfaces advanced processing capabilities for mammography, ultrasound and MRI.Also on display was the latest version of the iU22 ultrasound system featuring advanced breast imaging capabilities, including elastography was on display, which is pending FDA 510(k) clearance, and is not available for sale in North America. Elastography on the iU22 system with L12-5 transducer and Advanced Breast Tissue Specific Imaging (TSI) preset enables clinicians to differentiate relative stiffness of tissue through sonographic examination. Elastography, in addition to features such as volume imaging, tissue aberration correction and smart exam, make the iU22 well-suited for breast imaging.Sectra demonstrated its new mammography workstation built on Sectra RapidConnect technology. The next generation workstation combines newly engineered technology for faster mammography workflow with remote reading capabilities.Sectra RapidConnect, a core component in Sectra PACS, is designed to allow physicians to cooperate and efficiently share the workload at full productivity from other hospitals or from home on a global basis, also for large volumes and poor networks. (www.sectra.com)SenoRX Inc. has on display its multi-lumen radiation balloon applicator for accelerated partial breast irradiation, Contura. The applicator uses a vacuum to remove excess fluid and to adhere closely to often irregularly shaped lumpectomy cavities in order to deliver reportedly precise radiation dosing through multiple seed lumens. Treatment time is reduced to days versus weeks, and accurate, targeted radiation dosing decreases potential recurrence of cancer cells in the lumpectomy site, according to the manufacturer. (www.senorx.com)Siemens Healthcare is focusing on its new biopsy unit, not FDA cleared, and which is designed to enhance the Mammomat Inspiration digital mammography platform with stereotactic breast biopsy. The biopsy unit installs by sliding on the full-field detector of the mammography platform. Using the same detector ensures that the radiographic image quality remains high. The mammography system detects the biopsy unit and automatically switches all hardware and software configuration settings to the biopsy mode. A preconfigured examination workflow and the user interface help guide clinical personnel through the intervention. The system enables vertical or lateral needle access to lesions. Only one workstation is required for all applications of the mammography platform. With Mammomat Inspiration, screening, diagnostics, biopsy, and tomosynthesis (in the future) are all based on one digital platform for the first time. A hospital or private practice can purchase a screening device as needed, and enhance this basic system with the biopsy unit and, eventually, with 3D tomosynthesis currently in development. (www.siemens.com/healthcare)Sony featuring the FilmStation Mammography Film Imager, model UP-DF750, for full-field digital mammography (FFDM) applications. Sony is offering a two-year warranty and a free 32-inch high-definition Sony Bravi LCD TV as a promotion upon purchasing the imager.The UP-DF750 imager provides a variety of film formats with two online media trays, capable of covering any choice of film media type to cover all radiography applications. The print quality aims to fulfill the stringent mammography requirements in terms of optical density and resolution. The UP-DF750 features edge-to-edge printing and up to 20 user/application specific gamma curves for generating optimized and dedicated image reproduction for each application. (sony.com/filmstation)For more information: www.breastcare.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | March 24, 2010 NCBC Stresses Interdisciplinary Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more NCBC President Don Dizon, M.D., FACP, is assistant professor, department of obstetrics, gynecology and medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems
Feature | August 27, 2010 | Hugh Zettel Diagnostic Imaging: Ready for Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare Reform DRA era provides lessons and strategy to position diagnostic imaging to thrive Information extracted from The Moran Company’s Analysis of Imaging Trends from 2000 to 2008. Data Source: Medicare Part B Phyician’s Supplier Master File 2000-2008. Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Despite the continued attacks by policymakers regarding imaging and its impact on healthcare costs, the diagnostic imaging industry is positioned to take on these challenges to not only survive, but also to thrive in the healthcare reform implementation era. If policymakers take the appropriate view, diagnostic imaging can be an important tool in reducing costs, improving quality and increasing access to care – the primary tenets of healthcare reform.Before we look at where diagnostic imaging is heading, however, we must briefly look at where it has been and set the record straight on the lasting impact of sweeping cost-cutting measures, such as the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA).Advanced Imaging Procedure Growth Rates Have Steadily DeclinedDuring recent congressional testimony in response to Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) concern about the impact of several years of payment cuts to imaging, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) commissioner Glenn Hackbarth stated, “What we have right now is very rapid growth in high-end imaging.”1 Hackbarth’s statement would be true considering MedPAC’s continued use of Medicare analyses that stop at 2006. In actuality, diagnostic imaging volume has been down substantially since the DRA was implemented in 2007 – and imaging procedure growth rates in magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) have been on the decline since 2006, even prior to DRA’s implementation.According to a Moran Company study, use of CT, MR, positron emission tomography (PET) and nuclear medicine (aka Advanced Imaging) within Medicare Part B increased by only 1.1 percent from 2007 to 2008, experiencing even slower procedure growth than the modest 1.9 percent procedure growth that occured from 2006 to 2007, which was also accompanied by a 19.2 percent drop in spending (Figure 1). Additionally, use of MRI was found to have actually decreased by 0.3 percent, and the procedure growth rate for CT volume was cut almost in half (4.2 percent compared to 2.6 percent) during this same timeframe.DRA’s Unintended ConsequencesThe DRA’s across-the-board funding cut also impacted procedure growth for under-utilized imaging services, such as DEXA (bone density screening to detect osteoporosis) and screening mammography. Screening mammography procedure growth has fallen nearly 30 percent in a two-year period (from 0.15 percent growth from 2006 to 2007, to -0.20 percent growth from 2007 to 2008), while 2008 DEXA volume dropped 0.4 percent relative to its 2007 volume – double the decline it experienced from 2006 to 2007.The DRA cuts, coupled with controversial reimbursement changes in the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, have led to a growing exodus of specialty office practices to merge with nearby hospital systems, further raising concerns about cost shifting and local market competition. Alternatively, some practices have cut back on services, which has reduced patient access, especially in rural areas.Stakeholders Putting Policy Focus on Quality and Appropriate UseIn the aftermath of the DRA, diagnostic imaging community stakeholders developed consensus policies on high-quality, appropriate delivery of advanced imaging services through professional accreditation and imaging utilization based on clinical appropriateness guidelines, both of which were included in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).As a result of MIPPA implementation, accreditation requirements for advanced diagnostic imaging services will take effect beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Imaging Demonstration launched in 2009 will assess various methodologies for implementing appropriateness guidelines, including radiology order-entry decision support software integrated into electronic health records (EHRs).Imaging Policies Enabled by Health IT ExpansionHealth information technology (HIT) will play a pivotal role in enabling appropriate imaging utilization. The deployment of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance’s (MITA’s) Diagnostic Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) global information technology standard in the early 1990s has transformed diagnostic imaging, beginning with the networked archive of medical images in picture archive and communication systems (PACS) and, more importantly, leading to the transformation of radiology’s workflow from order entry to data collection and image review.In a recent analysis, PACS was found to be largely in place in U.S. hospitals and now shifting to a replacement market.2 Through minimal investment, the use of diagnostic imaging exchange standards implemented in national health information exchanges in Canada and several EU countries offers opportunities, such as reducing duplicate exams and the creation of longitudinal dose registries.The application of radiology order-entry software and decision support tools is accelerating the availability of transparent, clinically based appropriateness criteria where it is needed most – at the point of care for referring physicians. The adoption of this technology closely mirrors the evolution of electronic prescribing, which began with medication reconciliation and computerized physician order entry in the inpatient setting and migrated to the outpatient setting. A distinct opportunity for imaging now lies in the ability to leverage federal stimulus investment in HIT, linking radiology order-entry decision support tools and their use with meaningful use of EHRs.In a 2007 year-long study by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the implementation of radiology order-entry decision support tools in a large community setting in Minnesota found a reduction in advanced imaging growth, while providing a more patient-centric solution that providers and payers preferred over radiology benefit managers. By providing for the use of point-of-care decision-support tools enabling doctors to order high technology diagnostic imaging (HTDI) scans based on American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) appropriateness criteria, the study resulted in HTDI claims submitted to major health plans – which had risen 8 percent in 2006 – seeing no increase in 2007. The pilot was also estimated to save Minnesota $25 million in healthcare costs.3Professional societies have also stepped up efforts concerning appropriateness criteria use, especially in areas concerning overutilization. An ACC assessment of single photo emission computed tomography (SPECT) MPI utilization against society guidelines found that the procedures were conducted appropriately 71 percent of the time and were deemed inappropriate 14 percent of the time.4Putting this in perspective, a widely published analysis of healthcare spending in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that, at best, American healthcare “gets it right” only 54.9 percent of the time.5 While there remains room for improvement, contrary to our critics’ portrayals, the ACC study shows medical professionals in imaging are performing according to guidelines nearly 20 points better than their colleagues in the rest of medicine – and better than policymakers think.Registries Allow Broader Access and Assessment of Imaging InnovationsThe most significant potential for HIT and diagnostic imaging remains in their ability to provide faster data collection and evaluation of promising imaging and therapeutic innovations through the use of online registries. As shown in the initial findings of the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) coverage with evidence development (CED) process, changes in intended management were made 36.5 percent of the time based on availability of the PET images. Building on these findings, CMS has made subsequent decisions that have expanded PET oncology coverage from eight to 17 cancers.Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality director Dr. Carolyn Clancy has advocated for the increased use of such registries, and CMS has stated its desire for increased use of CED in decision-making. If these agencies are serious about the use of registries to test innovations in a rapid and practical manner, registries should be made available for all providers’ participation – whether it is for diagnostics, therapies or even screening applications. The lessons learned from the NOPR trial and the controversy surrounding the recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force-recommended mammography guidelines process, remind us of the need for collaboration and transparency among all stakeholders to ensure innovative, high-quality and appropriate imaging is available to all patients.In the short term, we are challenged with the risk of policymakers and regulators looking for immediate cost relief at the expense of creating an environment where innovation, quality and healthcare system costs do not have to be mutually exclusive. Policies that promote appropriate use of clinically based guidelines enabled by HIT and coverage strategies allowing innovative imaging technologies to be made available – while verifying their value to payers – will ensure diagnostic imaging’s continued value during the implementation of healthcare reform.Hugh Zettel is the Strategic Reimbursement Executive for GE Healthcare, responsible for integrating reimbursement and customer economic strategies during product development, as well as working with various consumer, provider, industry and government stakeholders regarding reimbursement policies. Zettel has been with GE Healthcare since 1982, with global leadership positions in magnetic resonance engineering and marketing, diagnostic imaging services marketing and business development.References:1. http://energycommerce.house.gov2. http://www.healthimaging.com/index.php?option=com_articles&view=article&…3. http://www.icsi.org4. Hendel RC et al, JACC 2010;55:156.5. McGlynn EA, Asch SM, Adams J, et al, The quality of healthcare delivered to adults in the United States. N Engl J Med 2003; 348(26):2635-45 (June 26) FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Dysert, who was on the practice squad most of this year, beat competitor Aaron Murray for the effective third-string quarterback job to begin the regular season before he spent one week on the Cardinals’ active roster. He was promoted to the active roster heading into Arizona’s Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers because Palmer missed the game due to the league’s concussion protocol.Palmer is expected to be cleared this long week, well in time to prepare him for the Cardinals’ Monday game against the New York Jets.Dysert, who was the backup behind Drew Stanton this past week, has still not thrown an NFL pass. He has been a member of six NFL teams since being picked out of Miami (Ohio) by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.Arizona could still resign Dysert to the practice squad.Wallace, who is 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds, entered the league in 2013 as a rookie free agent out of Temple. He played with the Cleveland Browns his first season.He played on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers in 2014, and then with the Buccaneers and Broncos practice squads last year.Wallace was released by Chicago on Aug. 28. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories – / 31 LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday they have released third-string quarterback Zac Dysert and signed offensive lineman Martin Wallace to the practice squad.The former would indicate that starting quarterback Carson Palmer is all but cleared to play this week when Arizona faces the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.“He should clear protocol in the morning,” head coach Bruce Arians told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “(Palmer) and Kevin Minter both are in the last stage of clearing protocol and ready to go. He’ll get an extra day of practice. He should be more than ready to roll.” Comments Share Miami Dolphins quarterback Zac Dysert (2) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact