Customer Spotlight Q&A: Quality, Workflow and Communication at Hawaii Radiology Associates

Medical Imaging Workflow in the Radiology Department

Editor’s Note: This article recently ran in Imaging Technology News and is reprinted here with permission.

Established more than 30 years ago, Hawaii Radiologic Associates (HRA) has grown from its modest beginnings as Hilo Radiologic Associates to the Big Island of Hawaii’s most advanced radiology group. Today, the group of nine specialty trained radiologists provides diagnostic imaging services in four outpatient imaging centers located in East and West Hawaii and also provide professional interpretation services at four hospitals/medical centers around the island. Each of the radiologists is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology and many have fellowships or additional training in subspecialties such as musculoskeletalradiology, neuroradiology, body imaging, women’s imaging, nuclear medicine and vascular and interventional radiology. Because of their experience and skill, the radiologists ensure that each patient’s exam is performed quickly with accurate results. With the latest technology, the radiologists and technologists of HRA provide an array of diagnostic imaging procedures. Services at HRA include CT and CT angiography with multi-slice technology, high-resolution open MRI and breast MRI, digital mammography, high definition ultrasound, and digital X-ray and fluoroscopy.

 

SIIM 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know

SIIM 2015 Is Almost Here

SIIM 2015, the annual meeting for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, will be held on May 28-30 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “Creating the Image Enabled Enterprise.”

To help radiologists, researchers, and other clinical enterprise IT professionals create image-enabled enterprises, the conference offers a rich variety of educational sessions. SIIM 2015 sessions will cover utilizing mobile, improving the patient experience and understanding how imaging is moving away from traditional PACS, to name a few key topics.

Whether you’ve attended before or will attend for the first time, maximize your time at SIIM 2015 by reading this preview of new features and what sessions you should plan to attend.

 

Why Interoperability in Diagnostic Imaging Matters and How To Achieve It

Diagnostic Imaging Sharing The first x-ray ever – of its inventor’s wife’s hand, showing her bones and wedding ring – was in film format, back in 1895. Today, patients share medical images with their physicians via CD, or discs may be sent by courier. However, difficulties with defective discs, different data formats and discs that contain the wrong patient data call for a better solution to data sharing. In order to review and share patient data of all kinds more effectively, achieving interoperability in diagnostic imaging is one goal many healthcare leaders are working towards today, and with good reason.

 

Capturing—and Maximizing—the Promise of Interoperability

Interoperability Helps Clinicians Access Medical ImagesEditor’s Note: This article by Mary Beth Massat recently ran on the Applied Radiology web site and is reprinted here with permission.

Interoperability: It’s the Holy Grail of healthcare. Everyone wants to obtain it, but it still remains elusive, particularly in cross-department and cross-enterprise patient data sharing.

The adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR) has been a game-changer in terms of presenting the clinician with a more complete patient record. According to Don Dennison, president/principal, Don K. Dennison Solutions, Inc., and Director at-large on the Board of Directors for the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), the growing prevalence of EMRs has led to the deconstruction of PACS. This means that certain PACS responsibilities are shifting to other applications, such as image storage to vendor neutral archives (VNA), and clinical image viewing to EMR enterprise viewers.

 

Value-Based Care: First Steps to Transition in 2015

Physician Communication Is Key to Value-Based CareThe healthcare industry’s ongoing shift to value-based reimbursement is affecting healthcare organizations of all sizes and specialties. How to best transition to value-based care is a challenge for many healthcare leaders, with 37 percent of healthcare CEOs reporting that they are still in the “investigative” stage of transitioning to value-based care.

From improving communication to conducting financial analyses, here’s what industry leaders say about important first steps to take as healthcare organizations implement value-based care initiatives.

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