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.

Clinical Context: The Missing Piece of Healthcare Interoperability

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Healthcare interoperability is commonly perceived as a technical challenge.

And the technical components of interoperability are important. In healthcare, there is a diverse array of solutions that need to be linked in order to ensure that data captured on one system can be read on another, and legacy systems can be integrated into the new model.

But even with wise investments in the right technology, there remains one crucial piece of interoperability that is frequently overlooked: Clinical context. In our latest white paper, Interoperability As a Business Challenge: How Context Has Equaled Technology in Importance, we asked a panel of experts to shed light on the role context must play in a successful interoperability initiative.


3 Thoughts on Making Strategic Medical Imaging IT Investments

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

During a panel discussion Sept. 22 at Becker’s Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference in Chicago, participants discussed key components of strategic imaging IT investments.

Panelists included:

  • Mark Geller, MD, president and CEO, Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital
  • Pamela Banchy, RN-BC, CIO/vice president, clinical informatics, Western Reserve Hospital (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • Scott Galbari, vice president, strategic portfolio management, imaging workflow and care solutions, Change Healthcare

Here are three takeaways from their discussion.


Four Factors Driving the Push for Interoperability in Healthcare

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The future of healthcare relies on increased communication and collaboration. The ability to share data among providers, between health systems, and with patients has the potential to enable more accurate diagnoses, higher quality of care, and drive value-based initiatives.

To reach this bright future, health systems are increasingly investing in interoperability. The data already exists, and technology to capture it is in place — the remaining challenge is to make data freely available across the entire enterprise.


A Needle in the Haystack: Searching for the Right Information, the Right Way

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

Health systems have two primary imaging solutions — the EMR and the PACS, and we know that connecting those is an important aspect of an enterprise imaging strategy.

From an IT leader’s perspective, all the imaging should reside in one of these two solutions. But for radiologists who use the PACS as their primary system, finding information in an EMR is an unfamiliar process and extracting relevant clinical data can be difficult and time-consuming. For them, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.


Unlocking the Value of Smart Collaboration

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The Benefits of Clinical Collaboration

As health systems look to provide more value in patient care while controlling costs, the shift to enterprise imaging has become a top priority. Because it expands communication and collaboration across the health system, enterprise imaging can directly contribute to value-based care.

Enhanced communication tools, more collaboration, and integration of more data into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) all contribute to improving patient experience and quality of care.

With radiology leading the way, health systems can move towards a more interoperable, more communicative imaging approach. For these reasons, Change Healthcare is focused on improving radiologists’ collaboration, demonstrating their value as a member of the care team.


McKesson Technology Solutions is now Change Healthcare: What That Means for You

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On March 2, 2017, McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), a leading global healthcare services and information technology company, and Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (CHC), a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services, today announced the completion of their previously-announced agreement to create a new healthcare information technology company. The new company is named Change Healthcare and combines substantially all of CHC’s business and the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions (MTS).


How to Increase the Security of DICOM Servers

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The free flow of data across health systems has the potential to revolutionize patient care. Both providers and patients benefit when departments can freely communicate with each other. More sophisticated technology is bringing health systems closer than ever to true enterprise imaging: which makes patient data available to any provider who needs it, regardless of the point of origin or access.


The Importance of Interoperability in Imaging

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Clinician using enterprise imaging systemHealth systems are learning about the value of interoperability, to both exchange information with providers and also to help clinicians make more informed decisions. As health organizations are considering replacement of their imaging systems, it’s important to keep this in mind. An integrated, standardized approach to image interpretation and sharing is fundamental in the shift to value-based care.

Breaking Down Silos

Radiology is the hub of imaging in a hospital, yet much of the patient data required for accurate diagnosis resides outside the department. An enterprise-wide imaging and communication strategy can connect systems where patient data has been traditionally siloed to extract the relevant and necessary patient information for display in a radiology PACS.


The Radiologist’s-Eye View on Remotely-Hosted PACS

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Jeffrey Unger, MD

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

While helping to steer 105-bed Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, toward a remotely hosted PACS solution, Jeffrey Unger, MD, repeatedly voiced one crucial concern: Would he and his fellow radiologists have to wait at their workstations, precious seconds ticking away, while PACS servers sitting hundreds of miles away processed massive datasets?

Five months after the hospital went live with the McKesson Radiology™ Remote Hosted PACS, Unger is happy to report that the answer is a big “no”— no waiting, no wondering, no discernible difference from the local PACS they’d been using for years.


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.