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.

4 More Ways to Overcome Challenges in Enterprise Imaging

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Enterprise imaging challenges iconIn 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.


3 Ways to Overcome Challenges in Enterprise Imaging

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three-enterprise-imaging-challengesEnterprise 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 Interoperability Equation: Removing Barriers to Make it All Add Up

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barriers-to-achieving-health-care-interoperabilityThe 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.


Overcoming the Challenges of Enterprise Imaging: A Q&A with Erkan Akyuz

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beyond-imaging-advice-for-enterprise-diagnostic-imaging-ebookThe 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.


Radiology Roundup: Innovations, Developments & Ongoing Discussions

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Doctor Discusses Radiology FindingsTo 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.


  1. ICD-10-CM Changes and Challenges for Radiology

Think. Plan. Act.

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z-business-meeting-nNow 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?

Not quite.

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.


Are we there yet? 3 Ideas that will Help you Maintain Enthusiasm and Momentum During Your Transition to Value-Based Care

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achieve-value-based-careValue-based care will lead to lower costs, higher efficiency, and better patient outcomes. But sometimes, focus on the day-to-day logistics of your transition can cause you to lose sight of the larger goal. If you find enthusiasm for your value-based care initiatives waning — whether you’re halfway there, haven’t yet started, or are in the final sprint to the finish – consider these three ideas.

1. Changes have real impact on patients

Cornerstone Health Care in North Carolina began their value-based transition in 2012. According to AMA Wire, after four years, they now have enough data to report on the impact of their programs on patient care:


Medical Imaging Roundup: 5 Articles on Trends in Diagnostic Imaging

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Diagnostic Imaging TrendsAt 116 years of age, Emma Morano is the oldest woman alive. She is, to the extent of our knowledge, the last living person born in the 1800’s.

There have been huge advances in technology between 1899, when Emma was born, and today. But one fundamental difference between her childhood world and ours is especially thought-provoking. In 1899, there was no data in the air.

No WiFi. No cell phones. No television. Not even radio waves. There was data running through phone lines and telegraph wires, to be sure — but none surrounding infant Emma’s crib.


Almost There: Interoperability Efforts Gaining Significant Ground

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Interoperability EffortsMalcolm Gladwell calls it a tipping point and ONC’s Dr. Vindell Washington talks about inflection points, but what these concepts mean to health care are the same: real progress toward widespread interoperability.

At ONC’s annual meeting in May, Dr. Washington said the combination of  technology, policy, and demand are changing the way we think about access to health information and the ways in which it can be used to improve care.


The Future of Diagnostic Imaging: Top Takeaways from SIIM 2016

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The Future of Diagnostic Imaging at SIIM 2016Each year, the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine holds an annual meeting. It’s a three-day convention dedicated to the cutting edge of diagnostic imaging, featuring presentations from expert clinicians, scientists, and health IT providers.

SIIM 2016 included three packed days of valuable programming. We sat down with three health care experts who attended and between them covered all the key trends and takeaways:

1. Don Dennison, Director-at-Large on the SIIM Board of Directors

2. Tomer Levy, General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure at McKesson

3. Ashish Sant, General Manager of Radiology at McKesson.