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.
The 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?
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:
From politics to playing fields, there is growing emphasis on gender equity and balanced perspectives in every field, and healthcare IT is no exception. For the third consecutive year, the 2017 HIMSS conference included a series of sessions focused specifically on Women in Healthcare IT. Cindy Hardin, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Ann McNulty, Director of Product Management attended several of these sessions in Orlando and shared their thoughts below:
You attended the panel entitled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons for Aspiring Female Executives”. What part of the panelists’ experience resonated most closely with your personal experience?
Want to know what imaging professionals think about increases in fee-for-service payments, integrating imaging and population health, and how fast imaging is moving to the cloud? Just ask the developers of “Future Proofing Your Healthcare Imaging Systems,” a HealthData Management webinar.
The presentation included Joe Biegel, McKesson vice president of corporate strategy; Nadim Daher, principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan; and Mike Perkowski, cofounder and partner of New Reality Media. Alongside expert insights from the speakers, Perkowski ran three polling questions during the webinar, and the results will no doubt be of interest to imaging executives.
From a macro perspective, enterprise imaging holds great promise for health systems. Moving to a seamless data-sharing model can improve communication and collaboration between departments, increase efficiency, and ultimately positively affect patient outcomes.
In addition to these system-wide benefits, enterprise imaging can specifically help imaging departments improve their operations. Streamlining imaging workflows should be a part of any enterprise imaging initiative. The ability to share information more quickly and easily, combined with intelligent workflow solutions, can dramatically increase the efficiency of imaging department operations.
The ongoing transition to value-based care challenges healthcare providers to maximize their use of the ever-growing amount of digital patient data to deliver better outcomes. But the level of interoperability that’s required to connect various systems in order to leverage a patient’s information is one of many challenges for health systems. In February, at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, many of the sessions and exhibits discussed this aspect of the transition to value-based care.
Enterprise imaging is rapidly becoming the new standard for sharing data within and across health systems. Adopting this more open, interoperable model is a paradigm shift from siloed departments using incompatible software solutions.
As more health systems make the switch, they are finding new ways that enterprise imaging helps operations run more efficiently. These benefits can contribute directly to improving patient outcomes. When data is generated and stored with an eye toward communication and collaboration, the possibilities are virtually endless.
The healthcare landscape is changing, and the evolution is being driven by provider consolidation, shifting payment models and an increased focus on quality measures. To navigate this new environment, providers need solutions that break down traditional silos and connect departmental solutions. When looking for leaders in this market space, Frost & Sullivan assessed enterprise imaging informatics providers who designed solutions that would help their customers succeed in this new and shifting landscape. Although many providers may be more familiar with McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions’ (IWS) departmental solutions for radiology and cardiology, it was the Conserus™ suite of solutions that garnered attention from Frost & Sullivan in their evaluation of imaging informatics product lines, and this “comprehensive and powerful […] vendor agnostic toolset” resulted in McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions being named recipient of their 2016 Company of the Year Award.
Greater availability of data is one of the key drivers in the transition to value-based care. With a better flow of information, it’s possible to eliminate redundancies and unnecessary testing. It also gives physicians greater context for diagnoses which helps them deliver the right level of care.
To enable this kind of data flow, health systems need to make imaging and other patient data available across the enterprise. Regardless of where the data is created or where it needs to be accessed, the process should be seamless.
Health IT made great strides forward in 2016, providing the critical infrastructure to support interoperability and cross-communication. True enterprise imaging — the availability of images beyond traditional departments, across and between health systems — is closer now than ever before.
There are still obstacles to overcome, however. Some are the natural growing pains that come with any major change. Some challenges arise directly from solving another problem. For example, greater interoperability leads to more security vulnerability. These challenges and many more will continue to drive innovation in health IT and enterprise imaging in 2017 and beyond.