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.

Getting to the Next Stage in Value-Based Care

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Value-based care from radiology.There’s been a great deal of talk about the role of radiology in value-based care (and likely to be a lot more). But because there’s so much information out there, figuring out where we stand right now can be challenging.

In other words, are we headed in the right direction and, if so, what more should we be doing to get to the next stage in value-based care—the one where no one questions the value of radiology in healthcare.

Here are the top three ways radiology can add value right now.




Effective Healthcare Leadership During Times of Change

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Erkan Akyuz Discusses Leadership and Diagnostic Imaging TrendsAddressing provider-change fatigue. Determining IT investments. Doing more with less. It’s challenging for healthcare leaders to juggle major decisions and daily management tasks while remaining centered on leadership.

In this interview, Erkan Akyuz, president of Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS) at McKesson, shares his perspective on leading healthcare organizations in times of change, including navigating challenges, staying agile to pivot directions when necessary, and utilizing diagnostic imaging.

Q: What would you list as some of the top challenges facing healthcare organizations?

A: Our customers face more challenges than ever due to converging priorities such as massive IT investments, provider-change fatigue, pressures to reduce costs and enhanced care coordination across the continuum.


How Mobile Radiology and Cardiology Help Improve Patient Care

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Mobile Radiology Anytime, AnywhereNearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 62 percent of them have used their phone in the last year to look up information about health conditions. As both patients and physicians rely on mobile devices in their daily lives, they are seeking ways to use their mobile technology in healthcare as well. Both mobile radiology and cardiology have an opportunity to bring value to clinicians and patients even as technology adapts to support real-world applications.

Mobile Radiology and Cardiology Help Speed Care


How Better Communication Helps Prepare Healthcare Systems for Value-Based Care Transitions

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EveValue-Based Care Requires Better Communicationn though value-based care is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today, a survey of health system CEOs found that 37 percent are still in the investigative stage. However, value-based care is becoming more crucial as fee-for-service reimbursement is dropping; it’s estimated to take up only 34 percent of payments by 2020. Health executives can begin preparations for value-based care by focusing on improving clinical communications – an essential factor impacting value-based care.


Why Interoperability in Diagnostic Imaging Matters and How To Achieve It

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Diagnostic Imaging Sharing The first x-ray ever – of its inventor’s wife’s hand, showing her bones and wedding ring – was in film format, back in 1895. Today, patients share medical images with their physicians via CD, or discs may be sent by courier. However, difficulties with defective discs, different data formats and discs that contain the wrong patient data call for a better solution to data sharing. In order to review and share patient data of all kinds more effectively, achieving interoperability in diagnostic imaging is one goal many healthcare leaders are working towards today, and with good reason.


Value-Based Care: First Steps to Transition in 2015

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Physician Communication Is Key to Value-Based CareThe healthcare industry’s ongoing shift to value-based reimbursement is affecting healthcare organizations of all sizes and specialties. How to best transition to value-based care is a challenge for many healthcare leaders, with 37 percent of healthcare CEOs reporting that they are still in the “investigative” stage of transitioning to value-based care.

From improving communication to conducting financial analyses, here’s what industry leaders say about important first steps to take as healthcare organizations implement value-based care initiatives.

Improve Communication


Making Virtualization a Reality: UnityPoint Health and the Virtual Server Solution

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Healthcare Virtualization

Editor’s Note: This article by Kayt Suke was originally published by Healthcare Informatics and is reprinted here with permission.

As larger healthcare systems continue to grow, often merging with smaller regional and rural hospitals, information technology (IT) leaders are pressed to find innovative ways to deal with interoperability and data sharing across the enterprise. UnityPoint Health, a multi-campus health system in Iowa, needed to integrate a variety of radiologic and medical imaging systems across their rapidly expanding community.


Next generation archives: Digging into data

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Gary J. Wendt, MDEditor’s Note: This article was written by Evan Godt, Editor of Health Imaging, and is reprinted here with permission.

Early medical image archiving was focused on one main goal: the display of images. No easy feat, especially as storage requirements grew and physicians began to expect images on-the-go through their tablets or phones, but the mission of sharing images remained clear.

Today, however, some are looking ahead at the next generation of archiving and getting beyond the display, to take a deeper dive into image data—and that means more than simply reading imaging reports.


Making Use of Dark Matter: Radiology and Big Data

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Physician Leveraging Big Data for ImagingHow can we improve the relationship between computers and radiologists? How can we make use of dark matter (all the information currently not being mined from our images)? How can we combine data sets to calculate critical conditions like malignancy?

The answer to all of these questions is big data. And if it sounds a bit futuristic, that’s because it is.


Applying Evidence-Based Predictive Modeling to Cardiac Procedures

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Predictive Medicine for Cardiac ProceduresPercutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, commonly known as coronary angioplasty, rank among the most common surgeries performed in U.S. hospitals, with an estimated 2.48 million procedures a year. While that figure has declined 27% between 2007-08 and 2010-11, it still represents a significant portion of all cardiovascular surgeries.

As hospitals adapt to new payment models and treatment modalities, a lot of attention is being paid to evidence-based practices, including those related to cardiac procedures. The ideal of evidence-based practice is to provide clinicians with personalized, actionable information they need to make care decisions that reflect the unique circumstances of each patient. That information should be presented as close to the patient bedside as possible to facilitate in-the-moment decision-making.