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.
At 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.
Malcolm 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.
Each 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.
Royal College of Radiology Expects Departments to Step Up to New Communication and Fail-safe Alert Notification Standards9:28 am
Noting that only 34% of UK radiology departments use an automated alert system and just 17% have the ability to perform enterprise-wide tracking on radiology reports for referring physicians, the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) recently released a report outlining new standards to be implemented across the region.
There are 10 reporting standards recommended in the report:
1. All radiological reports should be produced, read, and acted upon in a timely fashion, best to serve the patients’ needs.
2. It is the responsibility of the radiologist to produce reports as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to flag reports when they feel a fail-safe alert is required
Kinson Ho Q&A: Understanding and Addressing Data Management Challenges with a Vendor Neutral Archive – Part 3 of 33:00 pm
As we’ve already heard from Kinson Ho, Software Architect at McKesson, there are many factors that should be considered when implementing and deploying a VNA. The role of industry standards and the importance of data integrity should be well thought out and planned so a VNA deployment will have maximum positive impact on your clinical and business operations. In today’s video, Kinson will tackle three more questions that will be of particular interest to anyone struggling with how to manage multiple ordering systems and master patient identifiers.
Kinson Ho Q&A: Understanding and Addressing Data Management Challenges with a Vendor Neutral Archive – Part 2 of 31:29 pm
Last week, Kinson Ho discussed the role of a VNA as an integral part of an organization’s enterprise imaging strategy, as well as the critical role of industry standards as the basis for these systems. In today’s post, Kinson, an industry expert and author of two IHE Integration profiles, will discuss two more areas you should reflect on as you build your VNA strategy: the treatment of DICOM and non-DICOM data as well as the importance of clean data in a VNA implementation.
Kinson Ho Q&A: Understanding and Addressing Data Management Challenges with a Vendor Neutral Archive – Part 1 of 31:24 pm
As ACO models and value based care become more established, physicians and IT leaders are united in their goals to increase efficiency and ensure better access to information. These goals are being driven in part by an industry-wide shift to a more holistic view of patient health focused on outcome rather than volume.
It’s a common assumption that better access to data will allow for more informed decisions related to patient care, and that implementing a VNA in the middle of a facility’s disparate systems will solve many problems. The VNA, after all, is the central data repository; it should act as a hub that connects information and makes it available to everyone who needs it.
What’s next for health IT in 2016? As value-based, patient-centered care becomes more desired in the healthcare community, health IT must adapt to these changing models by moving away from a fee-for-service model.
How can diagnostic imaging departments help their organizations achieve this goal? We sought answers from healthcare experts, and they all pointed to the same conclusion: from the imaging department to the waiting room, there must be a greater focus on treating the person vs. the illness.
Here are some overviews of patient-centered care, and how diagnostic imaging departments can help their organizations implement it:
There’s an ancient Chinese saying, “may you live in interesting times.” The idea is that — at least on a macro level — predictability is better. Predictability means stability, boring, and enjoying the status quo. Interesting times are times of upheaval and change — maybe not always for the better.
These are undeniably interesting times for the healthcare industry. The advent of value-based care challenges radiologists to take a more holistic view of patient health. That means fundamental changes in radiology workflow — how we store images and patient information, and how we use the data to perform our work.
But these interesting times are an opportunity — a chance to improve on the status quo.
In soccer terms, a “golden goal” is the goal that seals victory for the scoring team. Golden goals always come in sudden-death and knock-out situations, when any score would end the contest.
When it comes to the health care industry and patient-centered care, what does it mean to score the “golden goal?”