A Needle in the Haystack: Searching for the Right Information, the Right Way

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the DOTmed HealthCare Business website and is reprinted here with permission.

Health systems have two primary imaging solutions — the EMR and the PACS, and we know that connecting those is an important aspect of an enterprise imaging strategy.

From an IT leader’s perspective, all the imaging should reside in one of these two solutions. But for radiologists who use the PACS as their primary system, finding information in an EMR is an unfamiliar process and extracting relevant clinical data can be difficult and time-consuming. For them, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.

 

EQUIP Your Mammography Department for a Value-Based Landscape

Are you equipped for breast screening quality assurance?

Breast screening workflow used to be simpler.

A referring physician ordered a study → the study was scheduled → the patient was scanned → the radiologist created a report → the facility got paid.

Transitioning from a volume-based model to a value-based model is hard enough. But what often makes it even harder is that the tools in place are not designed to support your departments in this transition. Your existing tools aren’t enough to help you stay efficient, improve patient care and control costs, particularly when the environment can shift quickly and introduce new requirements on top of those that already exist.

 

Enterprise Imaging Workflows: Challenges & Opportunities

Medical imaging isn’t always concentrated in traditional imaging departments anymore. Health systems are collecting images at various points in their patients’ journeys, and they need to store those images along with their associated data in a location that’s accessible to everyone.

To make these images useful to all clinicians in the health system, we must tackle the issue of incompatible workflows between different departments.

Here is a brief overview of the conflicting workflows that exist, and considerations for making images and their associated data more consistent.

 

Unlocking the Value of Smart Collaboration

The Benefits of Clinical Collaboration

As health systems look to provide more value in patient care while controlling costs, the shift to enterprise imaging has become a top priority. Because it expands communication and collaboration across the health system, enterprise imaging can directly contribute to value-based care.

Enhanced communication tools, more collaboration, and integration of more data into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) all contribute to improving patient experience and quality of care.

With radiology leading the way, health systems can move towards a more interoperable, more communicative imaging approach. For these reasons, Change Healthcare is focused on improving radiologists’ collaboration, demonstrating their value as a member of the care team.

 

How an Integrated CVIS Elevates Cardiology: A Success Story

The Washington Health SystemThe Washington Health System (WHS) in Washington, Pennsylvania, is an independent, multi-facility hospital operating just outside of Pittsburgh. Despite their proximity to a city with a reputation for top-notch cardiology programs, WHS is able to maintain its market share through the forward-thinking mindset of their community-based organization.

 



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