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.
UMass Memorial Health Care wanted to drive quality improvements within radiology services for its system of hospitals and clinics. By implementing Conserus Workflow Intelligence™, they were able to address quality and communication gaps that occurred from clinical, technical and financial standpoints.
An automated peer review workflow is helping drive quality improvements and peer learning. An effective and potentially lifesaving system is in place to communicate critical results with referring physicians. Interaction between the ED and radiology is streamlined through the use of central mailboxes that help ensure there are no unnecessary delays. And the workflow for billing and coding is improving revenue, while ensuring the system can effectively address audits.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the transition to value-based care. But there’s no denying that the transition period is raising stress levels across the health system, and in the radiology department in particular.
These changing times require a different set of leadership skills–some would say a new type of leadership–to transition the traditional imaging department. These skills are necessary for creating a more integrated, more collaborative health system.
Here are seven characteristics of the new breed of healthcare IT leader.
Beyond Imaging: Radiology’s Solutions for Patient-Centered Practices – McKesson Helps Protect Patients from Cyber Threats8:00 am
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the Technical Exhibits Focus supplement to the RSNA Daily Bulletin and is reprinted here with permission.
The role of the radiologist in a patient-centered practice sounds simple: Get the right data to the right person at the right time to assure the patient gets the right treatment.
If only it were that easy.
Technology provides opportunities for interoperability that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago. However, increased interoperability can bring with it increased risks. Although more information can be shared over wider networks than ever before, those “cyber” affiliations carry with them cyber threats.
Artificial intelligence, value-based care and precision medicine dominate the talk and technology at this year’s RSNA meeting.
The late-November/early-December Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America typically serves as a harbinger of the issues that radiologists will be facing in the year ahead, and the 2016 edition of the RSNA meeting that just concluded in Chicago was no different.
Topping the list of imaging issues for radiologists and radiology departments across the country in the year ahead will be artificial intelligence, value-based care and precision medicine, based on the plenary session topics during the six-day meeting attended by nearly 50,000 radiologists, exhibitors and others.
Depth and Breadth of Imaging Solutions Provide Complete View of Individual Patients
If the word “value” dominated the conversation during RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting last week in Chicago, as my colleague Ashish Sant said in his earlier blog post from RSNA, the word “precision” wasn’t far behind.
Precision, of course, can be an adjective to describe the ability of new imaging technologies to detect even the smallest physiological changes within the human body. The exhibit halls here at RSNA were filled with medical equipment, devices, software and other technologies that take precision imaging to levels unimaginable just a few years ago. But the precision I’m talking about is the adjective attached to the word “medicine,” as in “precision medicine” with the question asked at RSNA being this: How can radiologists — equipped with the latest imaging technologies — support precision medicine?
Technical, Financial, and Clinical Innovations that Radiologists Can Leverage to Expand Their Role in Patient Care7:37 pm
It’s said you can’t improve something unless you measure it. When you apply that maxim to the theme of this year’s RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago — “Beyond Imaging: Maximizing Radiology’s Role in Patient Care” — improving the contribution radiologists and radiology departments make to high-value patient care starts with measuring — or defining — what exactly their role is. That’s particularly important as the industry transitions to one dominated by value-based care models.
Radiologists’ Role Expands with Value-Based Care
More than just new toys, new imaging technologies can help radiologists drive value-based care
Ask any of the nearly 49,000 registered attendees of this week’s RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago for one word that dominated the conversation during the first three days of the conference, and I would bet that word would be “value.”
As the industry transitions from one based on fee-for-service medicine to one dominated by value-based reimbursement models, the question threading through conversations from plenary session presenters to conversations at the coffee stand on the exhibit floor is this: How can radiologists drive more value out of the patient care experience? And they’re asking that question while surrounded by millions of dollars’ worth of the latest diagnostic imaging equipment available from around the world.
McKesson has again been named Company of the Year in the Medical Imaging category by global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Scott Galbari, VP Marketing and Portfolio, of McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS) answers questions about the award and its significance.
Q: Why is industry recognition such as this important?
A: Industry recognition of the significant product changes and innovations we’ve undertaken since winning the award initially in 2014 illustrates how well-received Conserus™ solutions have been in the marketplace. According to the report, “McKesson Imaging Workflow Solutions group has risen from this period with what Frost & Sullivan considers as the most comprehensive and powerful enterprise imaging informatics vendor agnostic toolset available in the industry today.”
Value based care is driving radiologists to increase their focus on quality and outcomes that relate to patients’ overall wellbeing. MACRA contains several performance criteria for radiology, and quality metrics represent the largest component. With recent attention on the low rate of follow-up on radiologist recommendations, it isn’t surprising that many of these metrics relate to the process of screening exams and incidental findings follow-up.
One area where radiologists can directly impact both cost and outcomes is in incidental findings management. The increased volume and improved quality of images mean that radiologists detect more incidental findings that are unrelated to a patient’s current complaint. Managing these findings can require a considerable amount of time and incur significant cost for follow up.
As health systems continue their transition to value-based care, radiology providers are challenged to prove their value above and beyond the number of scans they read.
Fortunately, that value already exists. Radiologists’ work contributes directly to patient care, but they need ways to quantify, track, and report this contribution.
Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) used Conserus Workflow Intelligence™ to create workflows that enabled tracking and reporting, both internally and externally. Through these workflows, they can show the value of their radiologists’ work to their internal stakeholders and create a culture of continuous improvement.