Morgan Freeman once said, “As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.” While radiologists are not actors, the same can be said for the growth of radiology in the era of value-based care. With the number of imaging studies on the rise, and the added pressure of increased participation in patient care, radiologists are finding that they have more work to do, without the benefit of additional resources.
From a macro perspective, enterprise imaging holds great promise for health systems. Moving to a seamless data-sharing model can improve communication and collaboration between departments, increase efficiency, and ultimately positively affect patient outcomes.
In addition to these system-wide benefits, enterprise imaging can specifically help imaging departments improve their operations. Streamlining imaging workflows should be a part of any enterprise imaging initiative. The ability to share information more quickly and easily, combined with intelligent workflow solutions, can dramatically increase the efficiency of imaging department operations.
The ongoing transition to value-based care challenges healthcare providers to maximize their use of the ever-growing amount of digital patient data to deliver better outcomes. But the level of interoperability that’s required to connect various systems in order to leverage a patient’s information is one of many challenges for health systems. In February, at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, many of the sessions and exhibits discussed this aspect of the transition to value-based care.
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is placing a premium on creating a more integrated, accessible flow of data for patients’ episodic and post-acute care. Providers across the spectrum of care have an increased incentive to collaborate more effectively as patients move between specialties and settings. CMS believes that the models defined in the BPCI initiative may lead to higher quality and more coordinated care at a lower cost to Medicare.
The state of the art in cardiology is rapidly evolving. New imaging tools and techniques hold the promise of more effective intervention with less risk to the patient. Researchers are discovering new best practices for existing technology and creating standards that can lead to more consistent, higher-quality care — all while new research continues to push the boundaries of what is possible for diagnosis and treatment.
This month’s roundup of cardiology news highlights new procedures, new best practices, and breakthroughs in research.