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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 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.

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.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part Two

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As healthcare continues to move toward value-based care, health systems need to break down silos to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Imaging departments who had relative autonomy in a volume based world, are now challenged to find better ways of sharing data and working across the enterprise.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the challenges facing radiology departments in a value-based world, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help health systems adapt. In part one of our coverage of the webinar, we focused on how workflow orchestration helps make the most of your technological and talent investments. Read on for part two of our key takeaways.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part One

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There’s a massive shakeup happening in the healthcare industry, and imaging departments are at the epicenter. The push toward bundled payments, value-based reimbursement, and enterprise imaging creates challenges that traditional radiology solutions aren’t equipped to address.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the current state of radiology workflow, how imaging departments need to adapt, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help. Read on for part one of our key takeaways.

The Top Workflow Challenges: Efficiency & Access

According to a recent survey of CHIME members, the top three reasons health systems invest in imaging IT solutions are:

 

A Needle in the Haystack: Searching for the Right Information, the Right Way

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Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the DOTmed HealthCare Business website and is reprinted here with permission.

Health systems have two primary imaging solutions — the EMR and the PACS, and we know that connecting those is an important aspect of an enterprise imaging strategy.

From an IT leader’s perspective, all the imaging should reside in one of these two solutions. But for radiologists who use the PACS as their primary system, finding information in an EMR is an unfamiliar process and extracting relevant clinical data can be difficult and time-consuming. For them, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.

 

Radiology Roundup: New Research, Tools, & Guidelines

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New innovations in radiology are emerging at an astonishing rate, frequently from unexpected places. The same technology that powers Pokemon Go may soon have a place in the radiology lab. A simple sugar solution might help reduce patient’s radiation exposure. These breakthroughs, both high and low tech, are stealthily shaping the way radiologists will work in the very near future.

This month’s roundup features an assessment of the current state of 3D imaging, a video on the emergence of artificial intelligence as a “radiologist’s assistant,” and the results of remarkable research into unconventional, radiation-free contrast agents.

 

Imaging and Interoperability: 3 Reasons Why the Tie Can’t Be Broken

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

We’ve been on this journey of interoperability for quite a while now; yet, even in our modern healthcare environment, the discussion will never go away because there’s always going to be new types of information that needs to be exchanged.

 

Radiology Roundup: Mammography Trends and Breakthroughs

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Radiology is a rapidly-advancing, ever-evolving field, and mammography is no exception to the rule. In the past decade, researchers and practitioners have added to the breadth and depth of mammography study at a steady pace, from new technologies like digital breast tomosynthesis to new research on breast density.

This roundup explores the current state of mammography, the latest research, and breakthroughs that are waiting just over the horizon.

1. Mammography Trends Show Improved Cancer Detection, More Biopsies

 

Enhancing Value in Medical Imaging: SIIM Annual Meeting Takeaways from Scott Galbari

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SIIM 2017Radiologists are challenged to prove the value of their work in order to thrive in a value-based care model. The problem is, the word “value” means different things to different stakeholders. A patient’s priorities — what they deem valuable — are different from how a technician or clinician would define the term.

This year’s SIIM Annual Meeting featured discussion on how radiologists can not only increase the value they bring, but work to make sure they can express that value in terms other stakeholders can easily recognize.

 

ACR Annual Meeting Takeaways and Highlights from Laurie Bergeron

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Laurie Bergeron is a Product Manager focused on imaging workflow. One of her favorite ways to stay in touch with her customer base and the changing market is to leave her office and listen to her end users. She recently attended the Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) to hear firsthand from radiologists, and she shared some highlights from the conference below:

What were the hottest discussion topics?

 

The Radiologist’s-Eye View on Remotely-Hosted PACS

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Jeffrey Unger, MD

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

While helping to steer 105-bed Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, toward a remotely hosted PACS solution, Jeffrey Unger, MD, repeatedly voiced one crucial concern: Would he and his fellow radiologists have to wait at their workstations, precious seconds ticking away, while PACS servers sitting hundreds of miles away processed massive datasets?

Five months after the hospital went live with the McKesson Radiology™ Remote Hosted PACS, Unger is happy to report that the answer is a big “no”— no waiting, no wondering, no discernible difference from the local PACS they’d been using for years.