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.
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.
Editor’s Note: The following article recently appeared in imagingBiz and is reprinted here with permission.
With more than four combined decades of experience, Ashish Sant and Tomer Levy are leaders in healthcare technology. Recently imagingBiz sat down with the two of McKesson’s General Managers to discuss their views on important current imaging issues.
Sant is McKesson’s GM of Radiology within the company’s Imaging and Workflow Solutions division, which provides radiologists, technologists, imaging administrators and IT staff with diagnostic tools and image-management solutions.
Levy is McKesson’s GM of Workflow and Infrastructure, leading McKesson’s efforts on vendor-neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise worklists, imaging quality workflows and consulting.
Successfully making the transition to value-based care depends heavily on data. The data health systems generate can promote better processes that lead to improved patient outcomes. Just collecting and storing this information is not enough to make a difference, however. To truly affect the quality of care, data needs to be freely shared within and across health systems.
Diagnostic imaging is one of the biggest parts of the data equation. Imaging departments are challenged to break down silos, as other departments begin to generate their own images and request access to existing imaging.
In their August white paper, the Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) identified seven challenges to enterprise imaging. We summarized the first three in our previous post and discuss the remaining four challenges today.
1. Linking Reports to Images
The reports and documents associated with images provide crucial context, and the radiology reporting workflow and requirements are well understood. But in other departments, a “report” could refer to any text that should accompany the image, for example a note on an operative photo or a referral letter from a dermatologist. These documents need to be added to a patient’s record and associated with the correct image.
Enterprise imaging has the potential to transform the way health care professionals make diagnostic and treatment decisions. But before these benefits can be realized, there are significant challenges to overcome.
Earlier this year, the Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) collaborated to identify seven major challenges of enterprise imaging.
Today, we’re summarizing the first three challenges, as well as our thoughts on potential solutions, and we’ll follow up in our next post with the last four.
The need for a connected healthcare system and the reality of healthcare reform has fueled our progression toward a more interoperable existence. Many other industries have also experienced a technological “disruption,” but the overall complexity of healthcare, combined with a lack of widely-adopted standards, has made our journey a bit more arduous.
While we have been making great strides toward achieving true interoperability, barriers still remain.
The data that exists in health systems is exponentially more complicated than it was ten years ago. Traditionally, modalities in dedicated imaging facilities and environments created images but now, image data sources can include mobile devices and digital cameras. The images from these new “modalities” provide extra information that can be used to document the patient condition, track changes over time and add context for diagnoses. But including these non-radiology images in your existing strategy can pose a challenge since the processes for acquiring, managing and governing them aren’t nearly as structured or established as the workflows that exist today in radiology departments.
To truly stay up-to-date on the latest developments in radiology, imaging clinicians need to follow two levels of discourse. First, there are the on-the-ground, day-to-day issues that arise in the practice, including breakthroughs in types of imaging and study results. Second, there are the bigger-picture discussions taking place in the profession as a whole.
This month’s roundup captures a snapshot of ongoing conversations on both levels. Read on to learn about challenges just on the horizon, ground-breaking studies, and discussions on governance and dosage-reduction campaigns.
Now that you’ve decided you want to integrate and standardize imaging operations across your enterprise, it’s time to find a system and put it in place, right?
Before you can put an enterprise imaging system in place, you need to develop a strategic plan that meets your core business requirements. In other words, you must define what you want the system to do before you decide how it’s going to function. There are a few reasons to take this approach.