Editor’s Note: This article recently appeared on the Diagnostic Imaging web site and is reprinted here with permission.
The transition to value-based care is expected to be a lofty one for the radiology field. When outlining the struggles, the focus tends to be on how radiology can define value. While defining value is an overwhelming feat, it’s not radiology’s only challenge in the new payment model. Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Tomer Levy, general manager of workflow infrastructure at McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS), about what other challenges radiology can expect to face in the future of health care delivery.
Imaging technology is quickly charting a path toward interoperability for the enterprise, allowing hospitals and patients to access clinical data and images in real time. This represents a new era for medical imaging solutions, but how can hospital executives manage these new resources?
Don Dennison, president/principle, Don K. Dennison Solutions, Inc., and Director-at-large on the Board of Directors for the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), recently sought to answer this question at the McKesson Executive Leadership Summit.
Dennison first looked to identify the three trends that currently affect the imaging industry, along with three steps that hospital executives can take to achieve interoperability with their imaging solutions.
In the radiology imaging industry, upgrading your software can provide key benefits towards achieving that ultimate goal.
“Imaging providers need better tools to automate processes and act as safeguards to missed exams and possible workflow bottlenecks,” said Laurie Bergeron, Product Analyst at McKesson.
“Flexibility is the key here, so each organization can build their own unique workflow and business processes to meet their safety goals. Information that is available for the patient and study, such as HL7 and DICOM, should be leveraged to drive the workflow processes for academic hospitals, reading groups, large IDNs and more.”
A high rate of cardiovascular disease putting pressure on cardiology services: does that sound familiar? Yes, this is the case in the US — it’s also true in the UK. Specifically, at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), which provides care to more than 2.5 million Nottingham residents and specialist services to between 3 million and 4 million people from neighboring counties.
NUH typically performs around 16,000 echocardiograms and 600 stress echocardiograms each year, and the numbers are steadily increasing, according to Dr. Michael Sosin, consultant cardiologist.
Sneak Peek at Insight 2015 Presentation: Best Practices for Imaging Integration and Interoperability
Four challenges looked at carefully by 13 prominent healthcare IT experts — that’s the basis for a recent McKesson ebook and the subject of a dynamic presentation on imaging integration and interoperability being planned for the CIO Forum at Insight 2015 on Tuesday, September 15. InSight is the independent user group conference for McKesson customers.
Here are the challenges:
- Managing total cost of ownership
- Improving productivity and workflow
- Supporting compliance
- Transitioning from volume- to value-based care