Optimizing Medical Imaging Value
In a variety of Q&As and articles below, McKesson industry thought leaders and guest authors share expertise on healthcare challenges, interoperability, data sharing, value-based care and more.
Designed for healthcare organizations of all sizes and complexities, enterprise medical imaging solutions can help enhance your financial, clinical and operational effectiveness. From long-term financial impacts to helping improve patient care, healthcare executives must ask themselves a variety of questions when assessing which solution is best for their facility.
View these articles to help you optimize your medical imaging value to its fullest and choose the best solution for your organization.
Think moving a house is hard? Try moving a medical imaging data center with a PACS that serves six hospitals and 13 clinics in and around London and Manchester. But that’s exactly what HCA International Limited did, shutting down and packing more than 300 servers, moving them nine miles and powering them back up.
Needless to say, all medical imaging data had to be replicated before the move so that if anything happened in transit or there were problems at the new site, nothing would be lost.
HCA chose McKesson Medical Imaging Professional Services™ to plan and execute the PACS transfer, which involved the following:
Even though value-based care is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today, a survey of health system CEOs found that 37 percent are still in the investigative stage. However, value-based care is becoming more crucial as fee-for-service reimbursement is dropping; it’s estimated to take up only 34 percent of payments by 2020. Health executives can begin preparations for value-based care by focusing on improving clinical communications – an essential factor impacting value-based care.
Physicians value medical imaging. In fact, about 9 in 10 primary care physicians who responded to a survey about imaging’s value reported that advanced imaging improves their diagnostic confidence and provides data that would otherwise be unavailable.
Healthcare executives, on the other hand, may approach medical imaging from a more fiscal perspective. Imaging has been identified as the most rapidly growing contributor to rising costs that is under physician control. Unnecessary medical imaging is estimated to cost the U.S. up to $12 billion every year.
In an era of healthcare reform, more health systems are consolidating. By doing so, many aim to reduce cost of ownership, increase negotiating clout with suppliers and improve standardization of care. However, consolidation can lead to a disjointed culture when disparate facilities attempt to move under one umbrella organization.
In order to thrive in a time of change, healthcare leaders need to foster a positive, unified healthcare culture. Here are three ways that executives can promote a cohesive healthcare culture within their organizations.
Place Strong Leaders on the Front Lines
Today’s hospitals and physicians must deliver high-quality care while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. In order to deliver care in this manner, relevant clinical data must be accessible in real-time and managed efficiently. As healthcare leaders rise to meet the challenges within the changing healthcare landscape, technology must evolve in order to help providers face new challenges.
In this interview, Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS), shares insights into the challenges that face provider organizations in 2015 and how technology solutions offer increasingly valuable resolutions to these challenges.
What would you list as the top challenges facing leading provider organizations?
The Value of Data: How interoperability, data sharing and value-based care are shaping diagnostic imaging in healthcare11:25 am
Editor’s Note: This article recently ran in Executive Insight magazine and is reprinted here with permission.
Healthcare is in the midst of a shift – a shift toward interoperability, data sharing and value-based care. For McKesson’s Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS) business, these components are part of the company’s framework.
Since its inception in 1833, McKesson has played a pivotal role in the nation’s healthcare landscape. And with their enterprise diagnostic imaging solution sets, McKesson has expanded its role to become a leader in diagnostic imaging for radiology and cardiology with one-fourth of U.S. hospitals using their imaging software and services. McKesson IWS understands the needs of healthcare leaders, in particular chief information officers (CIOs) who are responsible for data gathering and effective data exchange.
Managing a radiology department these days can seem like wrestling a pile of snakes. Just as you’ve got a handle on one area, another slips away and causes trouble. The shift to value-based care is causing your department to change procedures, rethink processes and re-evaluate just about everything else.
Radiology departments using a traditional RIS or PACS to manage all this change seem to be struggling the hardest. They lack the type of detailed information they need to speed up workflow, identify intra- and inter-departmental communication gaps and capture department-wide data in a way that clearly shows where improvements are needed.
Editor’s Note: Evan Godt, Editor of Health Imaging, recently interviewed McKesson’s Ohad Arazi, now general manager and vice president of the McKesson Cardiology™ solution suite for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. This article is reprinted here with permission.
Some reputations are hard to shake. Medical imaging has for years been thought of as one of the biggest cost centers in the healthcare system, and it’s a perception that affects how radiology services are regulated. Change is in the air, however, and radiologists themselves are leading the charge. The American College of Radiology’s Imaging 3.0 campaign, for instance, champions the power of imaging to deliver value over volume, and radiologists across the country are taking notice.
Although health systems have been adopting electronic medical records because of financial incentives and meaningful use criteria, the utilization of that information can vary widely on a day-to-day basis.
Structured reporting represents the ideal, the ability for patient data, test and scan results, diagnosis information and more to flow among systems in a way that this information can easily be reviewed. Physicians and cardiologists should have access to the right information at the right time and in the right format so they can make the correct diagnosis and guide patient care with confidence.
Radiology is in a time of transition. From moving toward value-based reimbursement models to focusing on patient-centered care, professionals working in the radiology department are experiencing an era of change throughout the industry. Radiologists are being called upon to take proactive steps to prove their value like never before.
In this time of change, RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., FACR, is looking at the year ahead. In this Q&A, he discusses how radiology can adapt to complex changes, including value-based care models and continued efforts to contain costs.