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Why a Radiology Workflow for Incidental Findings is Vital to Value-Based Care

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radiology-workflowValue based care is driving radiologists to increase their focus on quality and outcomes that relate to patients’ overall wellbeing. MACRA contains several performance criteria for radiology, and quality metrics represent the largest component. With recent attention on the low rate of follow-up on radiologist recommendations, it isn’t surprising that many of these metrics relate to the process of screening exams and incidental findings follow-up.

One area where radiologists can directly impact both cost and outcomes is in incidental findings management. The increased volume and improved quality of images mean that radiologists detect more incidental findings that are unrelated to a patient’s current complaint. Managing these findings can require a considerable amount of time and incur significant cost for follow up.


A Tale of Two Patients: How Intelligent Radiology Workflow Can Help You Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction

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statlerIn today’s value based care model, metrics that demonstrate value, performance and quality are undeniably important. Measuring things like the number of studies read each day, the average turnaround time and the number of high-priority reads in the queue helps us understand workflow and productivity.

A few months ago, we published a case study showing how Conserus Workflow Intelligence™ helped a health system improve their turnaround times by up to 50% between radiology and the ER, ICU, and labor and delivery. This data makes a compelling case for streamlined, automated, intelligent radiology workflow.


The Evolution of Quality Workflows: How to Embed Quality in Your Organization’s DNA

9:25 am

Clinician using automated radiology workflowAdopting a mindset of continuous improvement in quality and interpretation workflows is necessary shift for radiology to achieve a successful shift to value based care. But this change and the transformation of best practices from theory to reality is not always easy to accomplish. A good quality system is about consistency, visibility and education and about ongoing improvement.



The Tech-Assisted Art of Radiology

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Diagnostic imaging technologyRadiologists must welcome imaging innovations as essential tools to help improve patient care

The theme of RSNA 2015 is “Innovation is the Key to Our Future.” The selection of that theme implies that more than a few radiologists are resistant to change not only in their medical specialty but in the direction of the entire health care system.

Fear of change—ranging from the need to adapt to new technologies to being replaced by artificial intelligence—was captured brilliantly in a mock presentation by Kenneth Pierce, M.D., president of the Chicago Radiological Society, during the plenary session that opened the RSNA meeting Nov. 29.