Optimizing Medical Imaging Value
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.
As hospitals work to lower costs while providing the type of high-value imaging services sought by patients, many are merging or partnering with independent imaging centers or other hospitals. As with any type of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, the devil is in the details. Without thoughtful preparation of the current imaging department and an in-depth analysis of what’s being purchased, hospitals may not achieve the goals set out for the merger/partnership.
There are three main areas where mistakes tend to be made:
You’ve seen the future in health care technology coming out of RSNA. Now, you’re motivated to learn more and possibly invest in the tools you witnessed on the showroom floor. How can you keep any new investments in scope with your business needs?
In an interview with Health Data Management’s Tracy Granzyk on the RSNA floor, McKesson Director of Business Development Jordan Lister outlined why it’s increasingly important for radiology leadership to weigh timing, resources and long-term objectives as they seek new advancements.
Data breaches are becoming a far-too-common occurrence in the healthcare world, causing significant financial and legal headaches for providers. A recent Accenture study noted healthcare cyberattacks will cost $305 billion in lifetime revenue, and more than 25 million patients will have their data stolen from provider records by 2019.
Breaches are a persistent thorn in the sides of healthcare executives, but they should also encourage providers to frequently assess their medical imaging data contingency plans.
Healthcare organizations of all sizes and complexities must address the changing landscape of value-based care. Older, proprietary archive systems are increasingly becoming obsolete, replaced by vendor neutral systems that support each other seamlessly.
This digital integration must be supported by a similar departmental integration. Radiology departments looking to streamline their imaging processes and data with other departments and facilities can turn to vendor neutral archives (VNA) for this purpose.
Here are three ways that a VNA can streamline integration between departments, improving workflow and producing better overall care.
1. Shifting image management away from PACS
Every healthcare leader understands the immense cost of data breaches. Understandably, CIOs and security directors are increasingly concerned about data security. How can the right vendor neutral archive (VNA), allow these leaders to sleep easier at night knowing their data is secure?
Jonathan Carr, Business Development & Channel Manager at McKesson, notes that the centralized nature of a VNA provides the best opportunity for healthcare data protection.
“When you have a VNA, you basically have a centralized inventory of all your data assets in one system,” Carr said. Such an inventory can be used to help consolidate your data under a seamless encryption system.
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?