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.
Morgan Freeman once said, “As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.” While radiologists are not actors, the same can be said for the growth of radiology in the era of value-based care. With the number of imaging studies on the rise, and the added pressure of increased participation in patient care, radiologists are finding that they have more work to do, without the benefit of additional resources.
The term “value” means different things to different people in medical imaging.
Technologists define value through the quality of the medical images acquired in diagnostic procedures. Radiologists view it as a contribution to patient care through the interpretation of images. For referring clinicians, value is in the diagnostic quality and efficiency of the radiology imaging services they receive. Patients see it in the timeliness of the imaging procedures as part of their treatments. CMIOs and executives, responsible for the efficiency, quality and overall business health of a diagnostic service, define it through clinical outcomes and productivity, reduced turnaround times and cost. IT staff is balancing these needs with accessibility, high availability and compliance with privacy and data security policies. With so many different interpretations, how does a health care enterprise define “the value of imaging?” And what will the future hold for “value” in 2017?
If a radiologist fell into a time machine and ended up thirty years in the past, it’s likely he or she could still work in the field. The technology would be outdated, but recognizable.
Now imagine a radiologist of today just ten years in the future. The pace of change has become so rapid that the profession might be unrecognizable. There is real potential for massive shifts in every aspect of the job, such as what diagnostic tools are used, how results are read, even how the department is organized and how it communicates with the rest of the system.
For radiology departments to go beyond imaging and stay relevant in the healthcare industry, they need to clearly demonstrate their contribution to the organization’s overall success. Imaging continues to play a critical role across the patient care continuum, and as hospitals redefine their own benchmarks, imaging departments must also find new ways to prove their value. Outcomes and value are the benchmarks in today’s environment and to achieve results in these areas, radiologists need solutions that help them manage their processes more intelligently and more efficiently.
Radiologists operate in a fast-paced work environment, juggling a combination of tasks that includes interpreting studies, and calls from referring physicians. And as imaging volume rises while reimbursements decline, individual specialists are under more pressure than ever.
Reading 3D MR often means that radiologists must exit their PACS workstations and use a separate program to view the 3D images; they waste precious minutes waiting for those programs to load or navigating menus. But when 3D functionality is integrated into a radiologists’ everyday workflow, it can expedite the care process and limit many of those interruptions.
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?