Radiology Imaging News, Insights & More
When it comes to radiology imaging, healthcare executives may have difficulty deciding where to start lowering the total costs of information technology while enhancing performance. In these articles written by McKesson thought leaders and guest authors, hospital leaders and radiologists can discover industry insights and opportunities to help make challenging decisions and meet your healthcare organization’s needs.
Explore topics ranging from ICD-10 and value-based imaging to big data and EMR data mining. Read the articles below to learn how to improve your radiology imaging department.
Editor’s Note: This article by Kayt Sukel appears in Healthcare Informatics Technology Insight Series and is reprinted here with permission.
Digital storage has become — and will remain — one of healthcare’s biggest information technology challenges. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 600 million imaging procedures, including CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, and MRIs, are performed each year in the United States alone. And as imaging technology makes new gains, allowing for higher resolution, three-dimensional, and live-action views, those image files are expanding. So much so, AT&T Inc.’s ForHealth Group estimates that image archives are growing by approximately 40 percent each year.
How can interoperability help radiology imaging software leaders achieve value-based care? If the right approach is taken when managing your imaging workflows, you won’t need to sacrifice quality for cost. Instead, quality could be the means to achieve cost reductions.
Tomer Levy, McKesson’s General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure, addressed this question at this year’s InSight Annual Conference. Levy looked to demonstrate how interoperability helps connect a multidisciplinary care team across the continuum of care to help increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes.
Levy’s assessment focuses on four key factors that allow interoperability to drive toward value-based care and benefit your entire health system:
Investing in your success means staying current on the latest technology. Not only is it enough to select the right PACS (radiology software) solution, but it is equally important to stay current on the technology and capabilities offered. By charting a path for regular (routine) upgrades, you’ll benefit from some key improvements.
Here are three ways upgrading to the next-gen radiology system can help you:
1. Standards-based interoperability helps radiologists work together across sites and perform interpretations.
Editor’s Note: This article recently appeared on the Diagnostic Imaging web site and is reprinted here with permission.
The transition to value-based care is expected to be a lofty one for the radiology field. When outlining the struggles, the focus tends to be on how radiology can define value. While defining value is an overwhelming feat, it’s not radiology’s only challenge in the new payment model. Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Tomer Levy, general manager of workflow infrastructure at McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS), about what other challenges radiology can expect to face in the future of health care delivery.
In the radiology imaging industry, upgrading your software can provide key benefits towards achieving that ultimate goal.
“Imaging providers need better tools to automate processes and act as safeguards to missed exams and possible workflow bottlenecks,” said Laurie Bergeron, Product Analyst at McKesson.
“Flexibility is the key here, so each organization can build their own unique workflow and business processes to meet their safety goals. Information that is available for the patient and study, such as HL7 and DICOM, should be leveraged to drive the workflow processes for academic hospitals, reading groups, large IDNs and more.”
Sneak Peek at Insight 2015 Presentation: Best Practices for Imaging Integration and Interoperability10:30 am
Four challenges looked at carefully by 13 prominent healthcare IT experts — that’s the basis for a recent McKesson ebook and the subject of a dynamic presentation on imaging integration and interoperability being planned for the CIO Forum at Insight 2015 on Tuesday, September 15. InSight is the independent user group conference for McKesson customers.
Here are the challenges:
- Managing total cost of ownership
- Improving productivity and workflow
- Supporting compliance
- Transitioning from volume- to value-based care
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:
Each healthcare organization is unique, and when it comes to enterprise imaging, the requirements greatly vary between health systems and hospitals. Organizations looking for both a department and enterprise-wide solution for systems with multiple facilities or consolidations should consider updating their radiology imaging software.
From file sharing to pre-fetch intelligence, here are the imaging system solutions that your healthcare team needs to increase productivity and improve quality of care.
Radiology Imaging Software Solutions
✅ Image Repository
What Radiology Imaging Leaders Can Learn from the Hospitality Industry to Help Improve Patient Satisfaction9:00 am
Healthcare leaders can take a lesson from their hospitality counterparts to improve overall patient satisfaction. In the radiology imaging industry, patient feedback can contribute to higher quality of care – and few professionals know more about customer feedback than those within the hospitality industry.
Quality of care is everything in both industries. Nearly 6 percent of a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement is tied to its patients’ quality of care scores. Patient satisfaction has an inverse correlation with medical malpractice risk, and patients who are satisfied with their care are more likely to follow doctors’ orders and therefore have positive outcomes.
In an era when we can view our bank account balance on our phone, ask a digital assistant to find the nearest Thai restaurant, and plug a device into our car to help us save money on insurance, it seems unlikely that patients will continue to accept excuses for providers not having access to their full medical record.
Of course, providers are just as frustrated by their efforts to gain access to health information stored across multiple facilities — or even multiple departments in the same facility.