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3 Reasons to Seek Balance for Imaging Alerts

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Alert Fatigue AvoidanceFor professional backup, aviators have autopilot, writers have spellcheck. Some physicians receive alerts if an action has been overlooked or an important finding must be communicated quickly, such as a radiologist’s alert to contact the ED about a patient’s blood clot. These notifications can be very valuable, but too many can backfire and cause alert fatigue. Here are three reasons radiology management should seek balance when it comes to automated alerts.

1. Alerts Can Help Speed Up Radiologist Communication.

 

ICD-10 for Radiology Ramifications

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ICD-10 for Radiology Ramifications from Medical Imaging Talk Blog When the new ICD-10 system is implemented on October 1, 2015, which is the most recent date set for its onset, many changes will accompany the transition, including a dramatic increase in the number of codes. The increase will be helpful to practitioners, including those in radiology, because it allows them to improve the specificity they use when documenting why a patient was seen and what care was given.

 

Radiology Workflow Improvements Possible With Gamification: More Than Pong

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Radiology Workflow GamificiationWhat video games were your first favorites? Were they old school—Pong, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong? Those examples are a far cry from today’s complex, realistic video games.

As games have become more sophisticated, concepts from gaming have seeped into other areas that are utilitarian, beneficial and have real-world applications.  Game-inspired processes can encourage people to complete certain tasks and change behavior. The gamification trend is even entering medicine as a tool to help encourage practitioners’ best practices and processes such as peer review. How can healthcare organizations utilize the benefits of gamification to help improve radiology workflow and potentially improve patient care?

 

Three Insights for Talking to Practitioners About Reducing Enterprise Medical Imaging Costs

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Enterprise medical imaging cost reduction A recent article about the high rate of inappropriate imaging for patients who have headaches and are concerned about internal pathologic conditions caused a stir. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that around $1 billion each year is spent on neuroimaging for headaches, even though it’s not recommended per guidelines set by physician groups, including the American College of Radiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Studies like these raise a larger issue about talking to physicians about reducing unnecessary costs. Being a thorough, compassionate practitioner doesn’t have to include non-recommended testing.

 

Simplifying The Radiology Peer Review Process

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Simplifying Radiology Peer Review ProcessRadiology peer review is designed to track data without negatively impacting user productivity, learn how an organization is trending and discover where improvements are needed. In a Diagnostic Imaging interview, Nicole Wichlei, product manager of McKesson QICS™ ( Qualitative Intelligence and Communication System), notes that, “The objective of a peer review program should be to learn and improve.”

Radiology peer review should not impair physician’s or radiologist’s performance. The key to successful participation, said Wichlei, is “to make the doctors’ lives easier. They need a system that works in their primary system. If it will make it easy to do so, the adoption rate will be high, something that flows that isn’t disruptive to their current work flow.”

 

Radiation Exposure: What is the Lifetime Limit?

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Medical Imaging Radiation ExposureDose management has been an ongoing conversation within the medical enterprise imaging arena with debate centering on life time radiation exposure. Recently, The New York Times opined about the consequences of radiation from medical imaging. Their attention-grabbing premise that “we are giving ourselves cancer” has been refuted by Mohan Doss, a medical physicist residing in Philadelphia, Penn., in a line-by-line critique.

The enterprise radiology community has discussed the need for devising a blueprint for radiology standardization. We’ve written about their ongoing efforts.

 

Radiologists Talk Face-to-Face

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Medical Imaging Talk, Face-to-Face

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

 

How Technology Streamlines PQRS Eligibility and Participation

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Radiology TrendsThe American healthcare payment system often employs a “carrot and stick” approach to reimbursements. Radiologists are expressing their frustration at implementing a value-based program as dictated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Starting in 2015, physicians will face a 1.5% reimbursement reduction penalty for not meeting requirements, which could add up to more than just frustration.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a copy of which can be requested here, there are some startling trends emerging regarding Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. The data shows that, depending on the radiology specialty, incentive payments varied substantially. The average diagnostic radiology incentive payment was $2,811.39, while the average for radiation oncology was $12,704.38 in 2010.