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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 Change Healthcare 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.

Artificial Intelligence, Value-Based Care Took Center Stage at RSNA 2017

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RSNA 2017The official theme of the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, held last week at Chicago’s McCormick Place, was “Explore. Invent. Transform.” The unofficial theme could have been either, “Make Artificial Intelligence Your Friend, Not Your Enemy” or “Radiologists Must Do More to Demonstrate the Value They Provide to Patients and Payers.”

Though clearly not as pithy and certainly wordier, the alternative themes are accurate none the less.

To the more than 48,000 attendees at RSNA this year, it was clear that artificial intelligence and value-based care were the dominate themes coursing through every exhibit hall, educational session, poster presentation, plenary address and branded lecture during the six-day event.

 

What Inquiring Radiologists Want to Know

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Radiologist examining scan imagesThe theme of RSNA 2017 is “Explore. Invent. Transform.” That theme may raise more questions than answers for the thousands of radiologists and other clinicians attending the conference and exhibition this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Anticipating some of the pressing questions that may be on the minds of attendees, Change Healthcare attempted to answer them by picking the brain of Patrick McLaughlin, M.D., the company’s new senior vice president and chief medical officer. Here’s what he had to say:

What industry trends are you seeing that will influence the next wave of healthcare IT?

 

Why Operators Should Be Standing by for Radiologists

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The theme of RSNA 2017 is “Explore. Invent. Transform.” Radiologists should explore why communicating imaging study results to referring physicians in a timely manner is often so difficult. But rather than inventing a new system to solve that challenge, radiologists should apply an old solution to eliminate an ongoing problem. That old solution, albeit upgraded and run on a state-of-the-art digital platform, is a centralized physician communication service.

Radiologists face three communication hurdles

Hidden from view for most patients is the daily challenge of getting in touch with referring providers and giving them the results from imaging tests they ordered for patients. The challenge is threefold:

 

Radiology Roundup: New Research, New Roles

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Technology and big data continue to gain momentum in medical imaging, expanding the potential for analytics to better equip radiologists in their work. At the same time, radiologists, who are often an unseen face in patient care, remain challenged by the need to prove their value to patients, to other physicians and healthcare administrators. It takes more than imaging analytics to deliver an accurate diagnosis, and radiologists are working to change public perception as they adapt to new technology.

This month’s roundup features new research and technology, as well as thought-provoking pieces on radiologists’ changing roles in the health system.

 

Why Is Color Increasingly Important for Breast Imaging?

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The answer: for the best diagnosis.

Reading mammography images has always required the highest resolution and brightest grayscale. Workflow today – and in the future – requires viewing  mammography images and supporting modalities such as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, Breast MRI and Breast Ultrasound together for the best diagnosis.  Many radiologists will order supplementary imaging exams to see additional detail and get a more holistic view of a patient’s condition, as noted in the graphic below.

 

How Radiology Leaders Can Deal with Change Management

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Radiology leadership in a meetingIf your radiology department had a dollar for every article that starts, “The healthcare industry is changing,” your budget would be taken care of for at least a year.

It’s impossible to talk about modern healthcare without talking about the major transitions underway throughout the industry. Whether it’s internal initiatives for value-based care or enterprise imaging, or external change agents like MACRA and MIPS, the healthcare industry is undeniably changing (add another dollar to the pile).

 

Q&A: Laurie Bergeron on Workflow Efficiency and Value-Based Care

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Laurie Bergeron

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on Imaging Biz website and is reprinted here with permission.

As imaging leaders work to help their practices move from volume-based care to value-based care, they often find themselves asking the same key questions. How can I improve imaging workflow? How do I ensure everyone has the information they need? Laurie Bergeron is a product manager for workflow solutions at Change Healthcare who develops solutions that help health systems transition to value-based care. She sat down and answered several questions about this important topic.

 

The More Information, the Better: Giving Radiologists Additional Context Leads to Better Patient Care

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M. Elon Gale, MD

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on Imaging Biz website and is reprinted here with permission.

Daniel R. Gale, MD, and M. Elon Gale, MD, both worked in academics before they began working at Lowell General Hospital (LGH), a nonprofit community hospital in Lowell, Mass. And while the brothers both enjoyed their new practice, there was one thing they missed from the days of working with trainees: reviewing and interpreting each exam with a fellow with post-graduate training.

 

Radiologists, Meet Your EMR ‘Reference Librarian’

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Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on Imaging Biz website and is reprinted here with permission.

Jeffrey B. Mendel, MD, former Chair of Radiology and Chief of Radiology Informatics at, respectively, Tufts-affiliated St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, shares an anecdote.

 

4 Critical Factors in Determining Display Lifecycle (2017 Update)

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Improving quality and patient safety, reducing costs and risks, and delivering faster and more accurate diagnosis to help improve patient satisfaction are just some of the challenges facing radiology today. Balancing the economic factors with patient-focused initiatives includes determining the lifespan of radiology display systems so that they maintain best diagnostic capabilities, while meeting other requirements, too.

What are the critical factors that determine the display lifecycle? Luminance, compliance, warranty and end-of-service all need to be compared and evaluated, and in the past, have been time-consuming, inefficient and potentially more costly than necessary. Data Analytics is now available to analyze current information, identify and assess compliance based on specific criteria, and project accurate lifecycle procurement planning.