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.
Surgeons likely think that patient care centers on the scalpel, while radiologists think it’s about the scans and nurses believe it’s about bedside manner and being attuned to patient needs.
Patient care certainly is all of those things and many more. But at its very core, patient care is all about communication:
- Patients communicating their symptoms and family history to physicians
- Physicians communicating diagnoses to patients or communicating about needed tests and scans to the necessary providers
- Technicians performing scans and radiologists interpreting the results and communicating that to physicians
It’s no surprise that adoption of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been growing of late and shows no signs of stopping. After all, DBT has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But not everyone involved with implementing DBT fully understands all the technical issues.
The Tomosynthesis File Size Issue
Storage is a particularly thorny issue. According to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology, if a practice stores both FFDM and DBT slices, plus the 15 raw data projection issues, 200 times the storage is needed than if it were storing FFDM alone. Even if the practice discards the projection images, 100 times the amount of storage is still needed.
Smartphones and tablets are so all-around useful they’ve become a necessity for most of us. But can that utility help in a clinical setting? The following three articles explore radiology resources accessible on mobile devices, tools that leverage mobile alerts and the potential of mobile apps for diagnostic imaging.
1. Hands-On Radiology: Five Essential Mobile Apps to Download Right Now
We’re used to using smartphones as cameras, e-readers, and game consoles. Just as smartphone apps enhance our leisure time, they can also be valuable tools for radiologists. In this Health Imaging article, columnist John Hocter identifies the apps currently available for iOS and Android that can assist radiologists.
With the ICD-10 migration deadline firmly passed, healthcare organizations are now assessing the initial months of post-migration code management. The sheer number of ICD-10 codes alone (64,000, compared to 14,000 in ICD-9) presents a thorny issue for many hospitals.
However, one large hospital in Central, Pennsylvania responded to the challenge by revamping their radiology workflow with McKesson solutions. Leigh Shuman, M.D. recently spoke to Healthcare Informatics about the process, highlighting the creative steps that the hospital took to make the ICD-10 transition work.
Complete, accurate patient information is the name of the game these days. But access to that information can be trickier for radiologists than other specialists.
An article from HealthIT.gov says patients receive better medical care when providers have full access to complete information and notes, and that the comprehensive picture provided by an EHR can help providers diagnose patients’ problems sooner.
Many organizations have struggled to integrate their PACS and EHR. That means the information needed to improve the quality and speed of a diagnosis is not easily available to the imaging clinician. He or she must separately log into the EHR in most cases wasting time. Not to mention the clinician may not be able to quickly find the needed information using a less-familiar system, may increase the potential for error.
In the years leading up to last year’s ICD-10 transition, there was plenty of planning, speculation, and hand-wringing throughout the industry. Making the switch seemed like a monumental challenge.
When ICD-10 went live in October 2015, though, it looked like a smooth transition. Barring a few hiccups, health care systems began to adapt.
But there are still challenges to overcome, issues that run deeper than just remembering to add the last two digits. Some issues with ICD-10 radiology codes in particular will take time and effort to resolve.
The following article written by Michael J. Cannavo was published in the February 2016 issue edition of DOTMed Healthcare Business News and is reprinted here with permission.
At RSNA 2015, hospital decision-makers walked the exhibit hall show floor trying to figure out exactly where PACS fits in their long-range strategic plans. Does it remain as it is today, primarily as a standalone radiology system, does it join other clinical imaging systems like cardiology to become an Integrated Imaging Solution (IIS) or does it become a part of an enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR)? The answer, not surprisingly, is all of the above.
The good news is there’s a lot we can learn from women’s imaging. The bad news is that expanding value-based care to all imaging areas will require stronger technology support than many hospitals currently have.
The Mammography Quality Standards Act was enacted in 1992, and its regulations went into effect in 1999. The result, according to Dr. Marcia Javitt, was an increase in imaging ordered through clinical decision support based on appropriate use criteria.
When was the last time you watched a movie on DVD instead of streaming? Or listened to music on CD? Or, for that matter, used a 3.5” floppy disk to transfer files?
In our private lives, physical media is all but obsolete. Cloud-based services make all our data available anywhere with an internet connection.
But the medical community has lagged behind the cloud revolution. It made sense to be cautious in the early days: Sensitive medical data has to be stored with more care than, say, your old Dave Matthews Band CDs. Now that cloud storage meets the industry’s stability and security requirements, medical providers are beginning to join the post-media age.
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.