Smartphones and tablets are so all-around useful they’ve become a necessity for most of us. But can that utility help in a clinical setting? The following three articles explore radiology resources accessible on mobile devices, tools that leverage mobile alerts and the potential of mobile apps for diagnostic imaging.
1. Hands-On Radiology: Five Essential Mobile Apps to Download Right Now
We’re used to using smartphones as cameras, e-readers, and game consoles. Just as smartphone apps enhance our leisure time, they can also be valuable tools for radiologists. In this Health Imaging article, columnist John Hocter identifies the apps currently available for iOS and Android that can assist radiologists.
The increase in patient traffic through the ED and an associated increase in fast-read requests from ED physicians is just one of the real-life clinical issues that McKesson is able to address through its latest release of Conserus Workflow Intelligence™. In a recent discussion at the 2016 HIMSS conference, Dr. Evan Kaminer, CEO of Hudson Valley Radiology Associates, discussed the benefits realized for this application.
The fastest way to derail a personal relationship is to miscommunicate. It turns out the same is true in the professional realm. The Joint Commission says communication errors are the number one reason for adverse events in hospitals.
Even more interesting (and relevant) for radiologists is a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. It found that communication errors in imaging departments go well beyond results reporting.
Dr. Bettina Siewert and her colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that miscommunication can occur at any step in the imaging process. In fact, the majority of errors happen at steps other than result communication, including scheduling, performance, and study interpretation.
The word symbiotic is rarely used to describe the relationship between two hospital departments, but it’s precisely what’s needed for successful tech projects, whether they involve changing IT systems or upgrading existing ones.
Without health care IT to drive new initiatives, imaging departments would install a system and use it until it was so outdated it ceased to be effective. At the same time, without robust physician adoption of new systems or features, IT upgrades benefit precisely no one.
With the ICD-10 migration deadline firmly passed, healthcare organizations are now assessing the initial months of post-migration code management. The sheer number of ICD-10 codes alone (64,000, compared to 14,000 in ICD-9) presents a thorny issue for many hospitals.
However, one large hospital in Central, Pennsylvania responded to the challenge by revamping their radiology workflow with McKesson solutions. Leigh Shuman, M.D. recently spoke to Healthcare Informatics about the process, highlighting the creative steps that the hospital took to make the ICD-10 transition work.