Future of Diagnostic Imaging
When we study dramatic failures like those that bring down power lines, we usually discover multiple issues. It’s the same with imaging — numerous forces have combined to decrease profitability, including saturated markets, a more complex patient population and declining reimbursement.
In her webinar, “2014 Imaging Market Outlook,” Sruti Nataraja of The Advisory Board Company takes a comprehensive look at all the factors contributing to imaging’s current state and observes the following:
- We’re getting diminishing returns from traditional growth
- The worst is yet to come with hospital reimbursement cuts
Indeed, we’ve found that creativity is the best way to generate customer value, and I am proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan reinforced that idea in its recent whitepaper describing its choice for McKesson as company of the year. In the whitepaper, “Amplifying the Value of Medical Imaging Services to the Enterprise through Efficient Workflow Solutions,” Frost & Sullivan makes the point that this notion is circular: creativity brings about customer value excellence, and customer value excellence reinforces the spirit of creativity.
Toys, shoes, dresses, musical instruments, fossil replicas, drones, cars and even houses are all amongst the many things being 3D printed today – there is even a specially designed 3D printer being sent to the International Space Station to be used to create replacement parts in zero-G.
The field of medicine is no exception to this revolution, and a lot of this is driven by medical imaging. In this post I’ve highlighted six ways medical imaging solutions and 3D printing are being used in combination now in the real world and also will be in the near future.
As healthcare organizations develop strategies to engage with patients, a number of challenges arise —especially when it comes to communicating with elderly patients. Almost 25 percent of elderly patients live in rural areas, more distant from healthcare facilities. They’re more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Communications strategies for the elderly may require special consideration and multifaceted tactics, even for digital platforms.
Editor’s note: Despite rising healthcare costs, inconsistent quality of patient care in healthcare organizations has necessitated a crucial shift in the delivery of medical care. Systems that seek change are beginning to transition to a value-based care approach that seeks to manage costs while giving the right care at the right time. As healthcare organizations move towards this new model, enterprise medical imaging technology will play a crucial part in the successful implementation of value-based care models.
This article was originally published by Cat Vasko on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.
When it comes to software development, CMMI Level 5 is the gold standard, taking five years on average to achieve and involving the highest possible performance. Developed by the CMMI Institute, the Capability Maturity Model Integration is a process improvement framework that helps organizations achieve high-performance operations.
Development teams that have achieved CMMI Level 5 are capable of reliably and sustainably creating robust applications that meet or exceed project goals.
Editor’s Note: In May 2014, Erkan Akyuz joined McKesson Technology Solutions as president of Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS). In his role as president, Akyuz interacts with customers on a daily basis and provides new opportunities for customers to learn about enterprise medical imaging technologies and achieve their healthcare IT objectives.
This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.
- You began your journey in health IT at Mitra in Waterloo, Canada. How will your technical and engineering background influence your leadership of McKesson’s Imaging & Workflow Solutions?
Some days, radiologists might feel like they’re on their own. Like an athlete training during the off-season, they’re working out to prepare for the season’s start—doing sprints, lifting weights and stretching. But just as an athlete could feel distanced from their team during these off-season workouts, in their day-to-day work, a radiologist might also feel siloed from the rest of the healthcare organization. In a typical day, a radiologist’s varied tasks may not necessarily include other members of the healthcare team; for instance, radiologists review images sent over from the emergency department, analyze the dozens of mammograms waiting in the PACS radiology queue, teach residents, and conduct peer review processes.
Americans receive twice as many MRIs and CT tests — 100 and 265 each year respectively for every 1,000 people — than the average in other countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But extra tests aren’t benefiting patients. Despite spending 18 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product on healthcare, Americans have shorter life spans than citizens of our peer countries.
Individual radiologists may feel like reducing the number of studies their healthcare organization undertakes is beyond their power — how can one practitioner make a difference? There are concrete ways that radiologists and leaders can collaborate to make a difference by working toward value-based care in medical imaging.
For radiologists, much of their hard work goes unseen. For example, take a radiologist who pulls up a dozen images from the vendor neutral archive, carefully compares a number of studies from one patient, goes into the RIS and makes notations about findings, and then documents a number of specific details for the final report. Details noted might include a specific or differential diagnosis, impressions, and other information that will be sent to the referring physician and synched to the patient’s EHR. “When we start with exquisite renderings of anatomy and hypersensitive recognition of physiology, how is it that the product we deliver to the world is often just words on a page?” asked Geraldine McGinty, M.D., in a post on her blog. The lack of visibility of radiologists’ work is one reason that radiologists have been speaking for some time about how to make the value of their work more apparent to the public, and why the ACR launched its Imaging 3.0 initiative last year. As best-selling author John Maxwell said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” In the initiative, the ACR called on radiologists to take the lead in enterprise medical imaging and value-based care initiatives. Let’s follow up on the Imaging 3.0 conversation as it is today.