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).
The evolution of radiology has come at a time when demands for quality and safety are reaching a crescendo. An integrated informatics strategy is critical to supporting population health, patient safety, quality improvement and enhanced resource management.
While health care IT solutions are increasingly robust, many organizations do not utilize the data they aggregate to its fullest potential—yet.
That is why we’ve compiled thought leadership articles from ImagingBiz, highlighting how radiologists are utilizing next generation medical imaging technology to improve quality and safety through foresight and strategic data analysis.
Enterprise medical imaging is being incorporated into more healthcare organizations which opens the door for healthcare IT professionals to play a strategic role in the enterprise medical imaging process. Smart players will take care to avoid a few pitfalls, according to Paul J. Chang, MD, vice chairman of radiology informatics at University of Chicago School of Medicine.
Enterprise medical imaging management is multifaceted, yet corporate IT departments want to simplify the process, Chang explained during an educational session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2013 meeting. Warning attendees against oversimplification, he then outlined tactics for integrating enterprise medical imaging into the archive. His commentary was reported on recently in Health Imaging.
Demonstrating value in medical imaging was the topic of a recent Master’s of Radiology panel discussion as reported in FierceMedicalImaging. One radiologist argued that if radiologists just focused on providing clinical excellence and service to patients and referring clinicians, then the value proposition would become obvious.
David Larson, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, believes that understanding and improving the value provided to both patients and referring physicians is paramount, whether or not the “value” matches reimbursement levels.
Cindy Bacon, McKesson senior sales executive, has spent her career focused in healthcare imaging. With multiple PACS solutions experience, project management and implementation, she shares her particular expertise in enterprise medical imaging in part two of her interview.
At HIMSS this year, you can register to discuss your specific challenges with Cindy during her “Expert Chat” session in Hall A at the McKesson booths, numbers 1365 and 1665.
What trends are you seeing in the emergence of zero-footprint viewers that work together with neutral archives?
Join Cindy Bacon, McKesson senior sales executive and healthcare industry veteran, to explore ways to reduce enterprise medical imaging expenses and increase data consolidation and interoperability capabilities. At HIMSS this year, Cindy will discuss your specific challenges for approximately 30 minutes during her “Expert Chat” session in the McKesson Booths in Hall A, numbers 1365 and 1665. Below we share a portion of her expertise.
With the pressures of healthcare reform, population health, and value-based care, compounded by the rising consolidation of health systems, what solution(s) does McKesson have to help facilities attain anywhere, anytime access to data through strong interoperability?
Medical imaging software, with its dashboard technology, can be compared to a Formula One race car, according to authors of a new study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
“Not unlike a ‘beginner driver behind the wheel of a Formula One race car,’ today’s radiology system administrators sit at the controls of high-performance picture archiving and communication system (PACS), but they do not have the effective and efficient tools to ‘drive’ them,” wrote lead author, Dr. Bahar Mansoori, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and colleagues.
Commandeering Medical Imaging Repositories
Radiologists need to be better gatekeepers and medical imaging consultants. At least that’s what David C. Levin, MD is saying. Dr. Levin is professor emeritus of radiology and founder of the Center for Research on Utilization of Imaging Services (CRUISE) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He argues that radiologists need to take a more active role in assessing the appropriateness of medical imaging requests, instead of just automatically going ahead and doing the study.
“If there’s a request for an exam that isn’t the right one for the patient’s clinical condition, a radiologist should call the referring doctor and get it changed.”
Medical quality assurance stands at the forefront of Germany’s Helios Hospital Group’s expansion plans. Becker’s Hospital Review writes that 18 acute-care German hospitals recently purchased by the group experienced high mortality rates. According to a study in Health Affairs, Helios initiated a medical quality assurance program that significantly reduced these mortality rates.
Emphasizing Medical Quality Assurance
According to the Helios Hospital Group’s website, they rank among the largest and most medically advanced hospital groups in Europe. Since their inception in 1994, the Helios Group placed a strong emphasis on medical quality assurance.
Just like talking with your neighbor over the fence, you build the best relationships face-to-face. Advancements in medical imaging technology, such as PACS, can minimize the face-to-face interaction between radiologists and referring physicians, according to a Health Imaging Hub article. However, a recent study demonstrated that communication between radiologists and clinicians was enhanced when using embedded reading rooms in their facilities.
Communication: The Closer the Better