Future of Diagnostic Imaging
Future of Diagnostic Imaging
In the ever-changing landscape of diagnostic imaging, your healthcare organization must stay up-to-date on industry news, insights and predictions to succeed. From a variety of McKesson thought leaders and guest authors, this section provides you with insight into financial and operational improvement opportunities that you may be able to take advantage of in your diagnostic imaging department. Learn about transitioning to value-based care, applying evidence-based prediction modeling to cardiac procedures and more
Search the blogs below to explore the latest industry trends and discover what opportunities lie ahead for your organization in the future of diagnostic imaging.
From a macro perspective, enterprise imaging holds great promise for health systems. Moving to a seamless data-sharing model can improve communication and collaboration between departments, increase efficiency, and ultimately positively affect patient outcomes.
In addition to these system-wide benefits, enterprise imaging can specifically help imaging departments improve their operations. Streamlining imaging workflows should be a part of any enterprise imaging initiative. The ability to share information more quickly and easily, combined with intelligent workflow solutions, can dramatically increase the efficiency of imaging department operations.
The ongoing transition to value-based care challenges healthcare providers to maximize their use of the ever-growing amount of digital patient data to deliver better outcomes. But the level of interoperability that’s required to connect various systems in order to leverage a patient’s information is one of many challenges for health systems. In February, at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, many of the sessions and exhibits discussed this aspect of the transition to value-based care.
Enterprise imaging is rapidly becoming the new standard for sharing data within and across health systems. Adopting this more open, interoperable model is a paradigm shift from siloed departments using incompatible software solutions.
As more health systems make the switch, they are finding new ways that enterprise imaging helps operations run more efficiently. These benefits can contribute directly to improving patient outcomes. When data is generated and stored with an eye toward communication and collaboration, the possibilities are virtually endless.
The healthcare landscape is changing, and the evolution is being driven by provider consolidation, shifting payment models and an increased focus on quality measures. To navigate this new environment, providers need solutions that break down traditional silos and connect departmental solutions. When looking for leaders in this market space, Frost & Sullivan assessed enterprise imaging informatics providers who designed solutions that would help their customers succeed in this new and shifting landscape. Although many providers may be more familiar with McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions’ (IWS) departmental solutions for radiology and cardiology, it was the Conserus™ suite of solutions that garnered attention from Frost & Sullivan in their evaluation of imaging informatics product lines, and this “comprehensive and powerful […] vendor agnostic toolset” resulted in McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions being named recipient of their 2016 Company of the Year Award.
Greater availability of data is one of the key drivers in the transition to value-based care. With a better flow of information, it’s possible to eliminate redundancies and unnecessary testing. It also gives physicians greater context for diagnoses which helps them deliver the right level of care.
To enable this kind of data flow, health systems need to make imaging and other patient data available across the enterprise. Regardless of where the data is created or where it needs to be accessed, the process should be seamless.
Health IT made great strides forward in 2016, providing the critical infrastructure to support interoperability and cross-communication. True enterprise imaging — the availability of images beyond traditional departments, across and between health systems — is closer now than ever before.
There are still obstacles to overcome, however. Some are the natural growing pains that come with any major change. Some challenges arise directly from solving another problem. For example, greater interoperability leads to more security vulnerability. These challenges and many more will continue to drive innovation in health IT and enterprise imaging in 2017 and beyond.
More than half the hospital executive respondents to a recent Healthcare IT News survey indicated they were planning security upgrades to IT infrastructure in 2017. It’s not surprising that increasing security would be a top priority for healthcare providers, outpacing such choices as analytics, patient engagement, population health or EHRs.
In terms of sheer number of patient and medical records compromised, 2016 was a relatively quiet year when compared with the huge healthcare data security breaches of 2015, when more than 113 million records were breached, according to the Breach Barometer Report. Reported breaches in 2016 were slightly over 27 million.
Less than a decade ago, the majority of imaging data in a health system came from dedicated imaging departments. Now, the widespread availability of digital photography means more departments are generating patient data. Many of these departments use their own proprietary systems for data storage and retrieval, which can mean headaches for intradepartmental communication.
Health systems need to invest in true interoperability to create their enterprise imaging solutions. It takes time and resources to create a seamless system, but the benefits can far outweigh the initial setup costs.
One key component of enterprise imaging is making data more accessible across the health system. The massive amount of patient data health systems collect can be a powerful driver for better patient outcomes. Provided, of course, that there are systems in place to collect and intelligently display data. Regardless of where the request originates or the data is captured, the process needs to be seamless.
For our latest eBook, Beyond Imaging: Key Components for a Holistic Enterprise Imaging Strategy, we asked experts in health IT and diagnostic imaging for their thoughts on improving patient outcomes through data management. Read on for highlights from their responses, and click the icon next to each quote to share.
We created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in the most vital discussions in the health care industry. In 2016, there was a lot to talk about.
The switch to value-based care was at the top of most health providers’ minds. Imaging departments in particular saw the need to restructure their operations and reporting procedures to increase efficiency and prove value.
Enterprise imaging hit a tipping point as well, dominating the industry conversation. As health systems looked for ways to increase efficiency, improve outcomes, and lower costs, VNA and PACS solutions were hot topics.