Future of Diagnostic Imaging

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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.

The History and Future of Medical Imaging [Infographic]

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The idea of networked digital medical imaging may seem like a fairly recent innovation. But the groundwork that led to today’s VNA and PACS systems started over 40 years ago. This timeline explores the history of medical imaging and all the major milestones up to the present, then takes a sneak peek at what’s just over the horizon.

What does the future of medical imaging look like? Review the infographic below to learn what has happened, and what’s next.

 

 

Consider the Key Qualities of an Imaging System

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clinicians reviewing radiology imagesMuch of the development in PACS technology over the past decade has focused on specialty tools and workflows, addressing advancements in modality technology and changes to acquisition protocols. These tools and add-ons have helped clinicians to better navigate the growing number of images they are presented with. The ability to provide a timely, accurate diagnosis is more important than ever, but how do we facilitate this when there is so much more data to review? Imaging departments should be investing in solutions that help the radiologist provide diagnoses by better managing large data sets within the regular reading workflow. Launching a third party program disconnects a clinician from the primary task at hand and drastically reduces their efficiency.

 

For Western Reserve, Offsite PACS Servers Provide Onsite PACS Excellence

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Pam Banchy, Western Reserve CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the imagingbiz website and is reprinted here with permission.

The IT team at Western Reserve Hospital, a 105-bed, physician-owned institution in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, already had considerable experience with remotely hosted solutions. In 2015, the time came to consider a remote option for its new PACS.

Pam Banchy, Western Reserve CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation, recalls how she saw the situation as both an unexpected change and an exciting opportunity. “We wanted our own independent PACS that would help us meet our business needs.”

 

How Health Care Providers Can Transition to Value-Based Care

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With change said to be the only constant, one might expect change to be easy by now. But it’s not, and change certainly is not easy for health care providers making the shift from traditional fee-for-service care models to value-based care models that pay providers based on financial and clinical outcomes.

Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waved the green 25% of health plan payments made through alternative models in 2016flag on that transition, announcing that it expects 90 percent of formerly fee-for-service Medicare payments to be made to providers through various value-based reimbursements models by 2018.

 

Q&A: Evgueni Loukipoudis on Data, Analytics and Why Hospitals are Prone to Cyberattacks

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healthcare it security iconThe security of patient data continues to be one of the biggest topics affecting healthcare providers today. How can these cyberattacks be stopped once they’ve been discovered? How can they be avoided altogether?

Evgueni Loukipoudis, CTO & CIO at McKesson Imaging Workflow & Care Solutions, has worked within the health IT industry for years and knows the importance of protecting patient data and provider computer systems. He spoke with imagingBiz about both the present and future of cybersecurity, and you can read the full conversation below.

What are the biggest security-related mistakes you see radiology practices and departments consistently making in 2017?

 

What CEOs Need to Know about the Business of Diagnostic Imaging

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Imaging makes significant contributions to a health system’s success in many different areas, including but not limited to: revenue generation; patient satisfaction; costs for services (both within the imaging department and across the wider care team; e.g. Emergency Department wait times); population health management; and patient outcomes. However, imaging leaders are frequently not involved in broader health system strategic discussions and are not exposed to the key health system metrics and reimbursement details.

Lea Halim, Senior Consultant of the Imaging Performance Partnership, recently published an analysis of what CEOs need to know about imaging services in order to help explain why and how imaging leaders should be involved in strategic planning and decisions for the health system. Here are four key takeaways from her findings:

 

HIMSS 2017: Women in Healthcare IT

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From politics to playing fields, there is growing emphasis on gender equity and balanced perspectives in every field, and healthcare IT is no exception. For the third consecutive year, the 2017 HIMSS conference included a series of sessions focused specifically on Women in Healthcare IT. Cindy Hardin, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Ann McNulty, Director of Product Management attended several of these sessions in Orlando and shared their thoughts below:

You attended the panel entitled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons for Aspiring Female Executives”. What part of the panelists’ experience resonated most closely with your personal experience?

Cindy Hardin:

 

Insights from the Front Lines of Diagnostic Imaging [Infographic]

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Want to know what imaging professionals think about increases in fee-for-service payments, integrating imaging and population health, and how fast imaging is moving to the cloud? Just ask the developers of “Future Proofing Your Healthcare Imaging Systems,” a HealthData Management webinar.

The presentation included Joe Biegel, McKesson vice president of corporate strategy; Nadim Daher, principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan; and Mike Perkowski, cofounder and partner of New Reality Media. Alongside expert insights from the speakers, Perkowski ran three polling questions during the webinar, and the results will no doubt be of interest to imaging executives.

 

How to Streamline Workflow to Help Improve Operational Efficiencies [Infographic]

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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.

 

Marrying the EMR to Your Imaging Strategy

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Imaging clinicians reviewing images in enterprise imaging systemThe 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.