Diagnostic imaging departments were once driving straight on a fairly smooth road. In the last few years, the Affordable Care Act has caused some significant bumps and now with the shift to value-based care, even more rough road may be ahead. Some imaging executives will choose small adjustments, akin to buying larger tires to accommodate the rough surface. We think a sharp turn toward quality care is by far the better choice.
Radiology departments have an important part to play as healthcare becomes focused on value-based care. As providers work to improve care without raising costs, they’re seeking ways to involve previously siloed departments like pharmacy and radiology on the care management team.
As radiology executives prepare for greater involvement, their first step should be data collection, including the impacts of imaging studies on treatment. They should also prepare detailed information on the cost effectiveness of imaging studies for a wide variety of conditions and circumstances. For example, the paper The uncritical use of high-tech medical imaging, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, stated that imaging tests are most valuable when the probability of disease is neither very high nor very low but in the moderate range.
It’s easy to get caught up in the business world, touting your company’s products and looking for that next sale. So I’m very happy to bring to you a heartwarming story about companies, including McKesson, working in conjunction with a nonprofit to help improve the lives and future prospects of people living in Haiti.
As you recall, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed more than 250,000 homes. Among the 30,000 businesses destroyed was the country’s only teaching hospital. In the aftermath of the temblor, Boston-based nonprofit Partners In Health (PIH) began working to build a world-class referral and teaching hospital in Mirebalais, on the Central Plateau outside of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital.
Game of Thrones® fans are widely anticipating the start of the series’ fourth season. Despite the intrigue, back stabbing, and the fact that the bad guys seem to keep winning, there are five ways that enterprise medical imaging is like this hit series — minus the armor, sword fighting and torment .
You can’t avoid hearing about social media statistics. Whether they’re good (people using social media to support their health goals) or bad (people distracted while driving) it’s hard to miss the latest stats, including this one: the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of U.S. adults used social media sites last year.
As physicians, that means that almost three-fourths of your patients are on social media. Are you missing out by not joining the social media bandwagon? If you’re thinking about doing so but aren’t sure how, there are sessions that cover social media and medicine at ACC.14. To learn about the why, read on for five good reasons to use social media.
Technological advances aim to make our lives easier, but sometimes our main applications of technology as healthcare professionals – like filing, storing, and documenting data – seem to get more complicated each passing year. At work, medical providers certainly face challenging amounts of documentation that impede healthcare workflow—or should we say overflow?
At this year’s ACC.14, we’ll be talking about the challenges and strategies around managing healthcare workflow . We know it’s a concern.
Dose management has been an ongoing conversation within the medical enterprise imaging arena with debate centering on life time radiation exposure. Recently, The New York Times opined about the consequences of radiation from medical imaging. Their attention-grabbing premise that “we are giving ourselves cancer” has been refuted by Mohan Doss, a medical physicist residing in Philadelphia, Penn., in a line-by-line critique.
The enterprise radiology community has discussed the need for devising a blueprint for radiology standardization. We’ve written about their ongoing efforts.
Goldie Hawn once said, “Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?” For radiology peer review, being in the moment means incorporating peer review into the day-to-day workflow. According to a peer review study, adoption of a PACS integrated solution for peer review into the point-of-care clinical workflow can dramatically increase voluntary faculty participation and compliance in the radiology peer review process.
Prior to implementation of an integrated solution, fewer than half of the 52 faculty members regularly submitted any peer reviews. Since the PACS solution, over 17,113 peer review submissions were submitted to the ACR in a little over fourteen months, representing nearly 100% faculty participation.
Radiologists face commoditization as population health management demands innovation across the care continuum unless they become more involved in patient-centered care. The editors of ImagingBiz focused on four issues that shaped medical imaging last year and demonstrate how radiology departments and radiologists are adapting to new technology, regulation and business risk in ways that allow them to continue to provide high-quality care.
1. Is there a future-proof approach to implementing enterprise imaging?
McKesson customer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), a Memphis, Tennessee-based health care system of eight hospitals, found both its general PACS and cardiology PACS aging past viability at the same time, raising an interesting question: Was the organization prepared to explore an integrated enterprise medical imaging platform and vendor-neutral archive (VNA)?
Does Your Test Follow Medical Imaging Appropriateness Criteria?
Advancements in medical imaging systems make it possible for doctors to see things from different perspectives and with greater clarity. These medical imaging solutions can provide early and more accurate diagnoses. But is the medical imaging scan appropriate and necessary?
In the early 1990s, the AmericanCollege of Radiology (ACR) recognized the need to define national guidelines for appropriate use of medical imaging software and technologies. During testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in 1993, K.K. Wallace, MD (former chair of ACR Board of Chancellors) stated that the ACR was ready to create guidelines for radiology to eliminate inappropriate utilization of radiologic services. An ACR Task Force on Appropriateness Criteria soon created guidelines that became known as ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC).