Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the imagingbiz website and is reprinted here with permission.
The IT team at Western Reserve Hospital, a 105-bed, physician-owned institution in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, already had considerable experience with remotely hosted solutions. In 2015, the time came to consider a remote option for its new PACS.
Pam Banchy, Western Reserve CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation, recalls how she saw the situation as both an unexpected change and an exciting opportunity. “We wanted our own independent PACS that would help us meet our business needs.”
With change said to be the only constant, one might expect change to be easy by now. But it’s not, and change certainly is not easy for health care providers making the shift from traditional fee-for-service care models to value-based care models that pay providers based on financial and clinical outcomes.
Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waved the green flag on that transition, announcing that it expects 90 percent of formerly fee-for-service Medicare payments to be made to providers through various value-based reimbursements models by 2018.
The security of patient data continues to be one of the biggest topics affecting healthcare providers today. How can these cyberattacks be stopped once they’ve been discovered? How can they be avoided altogether?
Evgueni Loukipoudis, CTO & CIO at McKesson Imaging Workflow & Care Solutions, has worked within the health IT industry for years and knows the importance of protecting patient data and provider computer systems. He spoke with imagingBiz about both the present and future of cybersecurity, and you can read the full conversation below.
What are the biggest security-related mistakes you see radiology practices and departments consistently making in 2017?
New advances in the science of clinical imaging seem to come hand-in-hand with new challenges for the radiology department to prove its value. In the best-case scenario, evolving methods for treatment will enable radiologists to contribute even more meaningfully to overall patient care, as well as demonstrate how our existing efforts help keep patients healthy.
This month’s roundup takes a look at both parts of this new equation. The first three articles explore promising new imaging methodologies. Then the final two address the challenges of proving radiology’s worth in a value-based paradigm, including tools to help radiologists deal with the MACRA rollout.
The PACS of today has evolved significantly from where it started. Today’s PACS has the potential to bridge the radiology department to the rest of the healthcare enterprise, and to help optimize the efficiency of its users. With PACS a radiologist can have improved turnaround time on reports, collaborate with clinicians, and positively impact patient care. This is the goal of all healthcare organizations: to drive better patient outcomes. To this end, today’s PACS is more than just a departmental image archiving system; it’s a leading-edge enterprise imaging solution.