Maximizing Imaging Value
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.
Healthcare leaders are barraged with daily demands. Perhaps it’s assessing whether new staff is needed, digging into financial reports, creating strategies for shifting to value-based reimbursement or working to secure market share.
But as they juggle numerous tasks, healthcare leaders should care about diagnostic imaging solutions. Why? Diagnostic imaging solutions help improve workflow, support improvements to patient care and help organizations meet regulations.
Diagnostic imaging solutions can support improvements to workflow by bridging communication gaps. Workflow intelligence platforms can be customized per an organization’s priorities. For example, a department might opt to build a workflow based on radiologists’ specialties and locations to optimize sub-specialists’ expertise.
Many healthcare organizations are focusing on population health management strategies as they prepare to transition to value-based care models. It is predicted that within 10 years, half of all healthcare payments will be value-based. Population health management tactics are crucial as organizations focus on improving the health of certain patient groups, since 5 percent of the population accounts for half of healthcare spending.
Every medical department will be analyzed for the ways it can support population health management, including radiology departments. Diagnostic imaging solutions are crucial tools, collecting data for insight into trends, alerting physicians to significant findings and facilitating communication between physicians.