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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.

Radiology Roundup: Insights on Emerging Trends

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Radiologist Pointing to X-Ray of Hip Joint Radiology has proven to be resilient as it adapts to new technologies, payment models and other trends changing the profession. Staying in front of these trends is essential for leaders, as they help the profession position itself for the future.

In this roundup, a range of insights, opinions and perspectives are shared on existing and emerging trends. Two separate surveys look at patient interactions with radiologists from the patient’s perspective and the radiologist’s. Each confirms that patient consults are valuable, and both identify barriers such as physician proximity to workload volume.

 

Five Trends that Will Shape Radiology in 2018

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Radiology Technician Reads a Scan2017 was an eventful year for radiology leaders. The rollout of MIPS and MACRA challenged radiologists to prove value and deal with new procedures for reporting and reimbursement. Staffing shortages meant that many radiology departments had to do more with less. And hovering over the entire industry was the promise — and uncertainty — of artificial intelligence.

Throughout the year, our team has kept an ear to the conversations happening in our industry. We attended and hosted webinars, listened at conventions, and kept abreast of the latest research. Based on that experience, we have identified the trends that kept radiologists talking this year — the trends most likely to shape radiology in the coming year.

 

The Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Talk Blog in 2017

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Doctor holding a Chest X-Ray Report on a Digital Tablet.We created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in important conversations taking place in radiology and healthcare. Looking back over the past year, 2017 saw a lot of discussion on the challenges of integrating imaging, patient data and analytics.

The conversation included developing more efficient workflows in the face of a potential shortage of radiologists. According to one physician placement firm, there are more radiology openings than applicants, and this gap is likely to grow as the population ages and more people need services.

 

The Benefits of Bringing Context-Sensitive Data to Radiology Points of Care

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Radiologist examining scan images with added EMR contextInformation is the lifeblood of a health system. Access to relevant patient data from various systems can help guide diagnoses, increase efficiency, and even shorten inpatient stays.

The move towards enterprise imaging — making imaging data available seamlessly across a health system — is one way that health systems are seeking to achieve these goals. But providing relevant data to the radiology department is an ongoing challenge, and there’s still a great deal of progress left to be made. Fifty-eight percent of physicians say their EMR is hard to use. Even worse, 53% of radiology departments do not have PACS-EMR integration.

Access to context-sensitive, highly-relevant data is vital for radiologists in a connected, modern health system. We developed Imaging Fellow™ to make data access easy and efficient.

 

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).