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 Change Healthcare 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.

A Healthcare Minute: Protecting Systems and Patient Data [Video]

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


Healthcare depends on patient trust — trust in the physician, in the system, in the privacy they provide. Security breaches of the IT systems that hold patient data can undermine that trust. Will patients who do not trust the integrity of health IT spill over to providers, leading some to go to other providers? Will those who remain hesitate or refuse to disclose details that physicians and nurses need to manage their healthcare?


A Healthcare Minute: Developing an Enterprise Strategy [Video]

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


Many of the multiple and disparate information technologies that now handle patient data in consolidated health systems were initially implemented to serve distinctly different purposes. IHNs/IDNs “stuck” with these systems need a strategy that allows for an integrated but heterogeneous IT landscape, one that promotes patient welfare as it improves short- and long-term clinical performance.   This can be a tall order.  


A Healthcare Minute: Consolidating Healthcare IT Systems

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


Hospital consolidation is gaining momentum.  At the end of 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review predicted that this movement toward fewer but larger health systems would continue. Among the drivers are an increased focus on population health, disputes between payers and providers, and lower reimbursement.


A Healthcare Minute: Why Interoperability Is Crucial

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

Between 2010 and 2013, U.S. hospitals spent $47 billion annually on information technology (HIT), according to the American Hospital Association.  In 2014, nearly all (97 percent) of the hospitals tracked by the U.S. government possessed a certified electronic health records systems, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.  But, because patients use multiple providers in multiple locations and these locations may be in hospitals, physician offices, post-acute care facilities, pharmacies, retail clinics, labs and imaging facilities, it is difficult to put all the relevant medical information in the hands of those who need it.


Beyond the Repository: Clinical Benefits of a VNA

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Tablet Displaying Diagnostic ImagingA vendor neutral archive (VNA) can be more than an image repository. When implemented as part of an overall enterprise strategy, it can enhance workflow, increase productivity, and improve patient care.

An Enterprise imaging strategy integrates images and patient data and makes them accessible throughout a health system to any authorized user on any device. It incorporates workflows that allow users to consistently view, exchange, analyze, manage, and store, all the imaging and data across a healthcare system.


Why Change Management Is Crucial for Maximizing the Potential of Health IT Investment

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Change Management FlowchartMost organizations fail at innovation because they fail at change.

Truly effective healthcare software has the power to transform your business processes, workflow and workplace for the better. Many of these software procurements are driven by IT and have the necessary support of clinical executives.

However, the only way the true, transformative power of your new software can be realized is through employee adoption of the new technologies and processes. Committed, comprehensive buy-in from all affected stakeholders is mandatory if your software investments are to gain traction and deliver benefits to the organization, the users and patients alike.


Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging [eBook]

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It’s an exciting time to be in radiology. Advances in enterprise imaging, artificial intelligence, data and analytics have the potential to transform patient care. With the right infrastructure, imaging scans and datasets can be accessed on any device at any time. In addition, health systems face the ongoing challenge of finding greater efficiencies while delivering top-quality care, as reimbursements decline and costs rise.

Let’s take this opportunity to look at how all of these factors are transforming our profession and what it takes to thrive in this rapidly evolving environment. To help guide hospitals, radiologists, and health IT leaders, Change Healthcare is proud to announce our latest interactive eBook: Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging.


Unlocking Efficiency Gains Through Cross-Site Reporting of Diagnostic Imaging in the UK

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Diagnostic imaging team reviewing results on a tabletCurious about the health system in the UK? David Howard of Change Healthcare, argues that cross-site reporting is key to unlocking transformation within the NHS, but warns this is dependent upon the right technological infrastructure. This article was originally posted to the Building Better Healthcare website and is reprinted here with permission.

Sustainable NHS transformation will depend on unlocking quality and efficiency gains through the cross-site reporting of diagnostic imaging.

The cross-site reporting of diagnostic images, through which organisations can share resources and maximise capacity, is contingent upon developing the right technological infrastructure to support collaboration


Let Enterprise Imaging Tell the Whole Patient Story

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Radiologist reviewing a brain scanEvery picture tells a story. That may be true. But when it comes to diagnostic imaging, one picture tells one aspect of the story. Radiologists and radiology departments need enterprise imaging to get the entire story. And only by getting the whole story can they create more value for clinicians, patients, and payers.

As radiologists attend educational sessions and keynote speeches and walk the massive exhibit halls at RSNA 2017, they will be hearing a lot about enterprise imaging. The concept is simple, but putting it together and making it work is a little more complex, albeit worth the effort.


Five Secrets of Effective Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Programs

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Healthcare IT team assessing BCDR programsHealthcare providers don’t have to look far or long to know their threat landscape is escalating. Natural disasters like the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, mass casualty situations like the shooting in Las Vegas or the bombing in Boston, and data breaches like those that hit Equifax and Yahoo are daily reminders of the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) capabilities.