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.

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.



Consider the Key Qualities of an Imaging System

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clinicians reviewing radiology imagesMuch of the development in PACS technology over the past decade has focused on specialty tools and workflows, addressing advancements in modality technology and changes to acquisition protocols. These tools and add-ons have helped clinicians to better navigate the growing number of images they are presented with. The ability to provide a timely, accurate diagnosis is more important than ever, but how do we facilitate this when there is so much more data to review? Imaging departments should be investing in solutions that help the radiologist provide diagnoses by better managing large data sets within the regular reading workflow. Launching a third party program disconnects a clinician from the primary task at hand and drastically reduces their efficiency.


For Western Reserve, Offsite PACS Servers Provide Onsite PACS Excellence

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Pam Banchy, Western Reserve CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation

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

The IT team at Western Reserve Hospital, a 105-bed, physician-owned institution in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, already had considerable experience with remotely hosted solutions. In 2015, the time came to consider a remote option for its new PACS.

Pam Banchy, Western Reserve CIO and vice president of clinical informatics and transformation, recalls how she saw the situation as both an unexpected change and an exciting opportunity. “We wanted our own independent PACS that would help us meet our business needs.”


How Health Care Providers Can Transition to Value-Based Care

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With change said to be the only constant, one might expect change to be easy by now. But it’s not, and change certainly is not easy for health care providers making the shift from traditional fee-for-service care models to value-based care models that pay providers based on financial and clinical outcomes.

Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waved the green 25% of health plan payments made through alternative models in 2016flag on that transition, announcing that it expects 90 percent of formerly fee-for-service Medicare payments to be made to providers through various value-based reimbursements models by 2018.


Q&A: Evgueni Loukipoudis on Data, Analytics and Why Hospitals are Prone to Cyberattacks

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healthcare it security iconThe security of patient data continues to be one of the biggest topics affecting healthcare providers today. How can these cyberattacks be stopped once they’ve been discovered? How can they be avoided altogether?

Evgueni Loukipoudis, CTO & CIO at McKesson Imaging Workflow & Care Solutions, has worked within the health IT industry for years and knows the importance of protecting patient data and provider computer systems. He spoke with imagingBiz about both the present and future of cybersecurity, and you can read the full conversation below.

What are the biggest security-related mistakes you see radiology practices and departments consistently making in 2017?


What CEOs Need to Know about the Business of Diagnostic Imaging

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Imaging makes significant contributions to a health system’s success in many different areas, including but not limited to: revenue generation; patient satisfaction; costs for services (both within the imaging department and across the wider care team; e.g. Emergency Department wait times); population health management; and patient outcomes. However, imaging leaders are frequently not involved in broader health system strategic discussions and are not exposed to the key health system metrics and reimbursement details.

Lea Halim, Senior Consultant of the Imaging Performance Partnership, recently published an analysis of what CEOs need to know about imaging services in order to help explain why and how imaging leaders should be involved in strategic planning and decisions for the health system. Here are four key takeaways from her findings: