How Medical Imaging Can Lead The Way Towards Better Patient Care

2013-09-19
 

Medical Imaging Professional With Scans$175 billion is spent on medical imaging annually, which accounts for 7.5 percent of healthcare spending in the U.S.  According to Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Md., these numbers support the idea that medical imaging professionals can help lead the way towards better patient care, in our new era of healthcare reform.

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, summarized by both Mike Basset of FierceMedicalImaging and Lisa Fratt of Health Imaging, Franklin stated that radiologists “will be a central focus in the crusade for patient-centered, efficient, and transportable patient care.”

The maturity of imaging informatics systems and their capability to collect and disseminate relevant data for quality assurance provides radiologists “a great opportunity to demonstrate leadership in this area,” wrote Franklin.

Inherent Hospital Function 

In the article, Franklin goes on to detail radiologists’ “unique operation integration” with hospitals. He sees radiologists as specialists providing an inherent function of the hospital, which covers both medical imaging interpretation and management. Radiologists also provide essential feedback in the area of equipment purchases and the development of medical imaging policies and protocols.

Increasing use of clinical support systems, he emphasizes, will be driven by best practice initiatives. This type of integrated, patient-centric system will largely be initiated by medical imaging and radiology departments.

“Medical imaging and the use of diagnostic information is a foundational element of healthcare of the past and the future. Building on effective care delivery designs, such as state-of-the-art imaging systems and processes in mammography, radiologists and hospitals together can create the future image of healthcare in America,” concluded Franklin.

Do you agree with Franklin, that medical imaging professionals can help lead the entire industry on a path towards better, more efficient, and more cost-effective patient care?  I encourage you to share your thoughts via a comment below.

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