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.
Big data analysis can be a gargantuan task in the medical imaging industry. With so much data available for processing, how can radiologists be sure that analyses can positively affect patient diagnoses?
While the amount of data can seem overwhelming, radiologists can utilize practices like informatics to harness big data for their practices. Here are three recent articles that highlight how to use big data’s power in a modern radiology imaging workflow.
Communication seems to get easier every day — we can phone, text, email, Facebook message, and even Snapchat our friends and (in some cases) co-workers. But communicating with other clinicians about radiology results remains problematic.
The American College of Radiology Actionable Reporting Group separates findings into three categories: those requiring communication within minutes (Category 1), hours (Category 2), and days (Category 3). Categories 1 and 2 pose an immediate risk to the patient, requiring rapid and direct communication by the radiologist. Ironically, although Category 3 findings are significantly less urgent, their frequency means they are just as disruptive to radiology workflow as the first two.
From “Wow” to “How” at RSNA: Radiologists Must Harness Power of Imaging Innovations to Help Improve Clinical, Financial Outcomes2:59 pm
As my McKesson colleague Ran Rumianek wrote earlier this week, incredible advances in imaging technologies are everywhere at RSNA’s annual meeting in Chicago. I agree with Ran that diagnostic imaging capabilities that were unimaginable just a short time ago quickly are becoming realities as the huge equipment displays in the exhibition halls here can attest.
Appropriately, though, the conversation among the attendees has shifted over the course of the meeting. It’s shifted from one of wonder to one of wondering about how the advances in imaging technologies will contribute to the industry shift from volume-based care to value-based care.
Editor’s Note: This article by Tomer Levy recently ran on the Diagnostic Imaging website and is reprinted here with permission.
As the industry prepares for RSNA15, everyone is looking ahead to what the next 100 years holds for imaging, specifically our commitment to the transition to value-based care (VBC). This evolution is very much alive today, and many imaging professionals and health care leaders are at an interesting point in the journey, which is a topic that will certainly be a central focus at the show.
Think of all the places patient images are used on a weekly basis: training sessions, tumor board meetings, cancer care presentations, grand rounds, and clinical consultations. When a large health system realized its patient images were being used in all those places and a few more, it decided to revamp the way images were handled for training and conferencing purposes.
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.”