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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.

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.


How to Prepare Your Radiology Department for MIPS

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The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) officially took effect on January 1st, 2017. Although the first adjustments will not be applied until 2019, the Medicare Part B payment adjustments will be applied based on 2017 performance. It’s vital, then, that radiology departments take action now to be prepared for that first evaluation.

Read on to explore what MIPS is, what it means, and how radiology departments can prepare for this first evaluation year.


Consider the Key Qualities of an Imaging System

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clinicians reviewing radiology imagesMuch of the development in PACS technology over the past decade has focused on specialty tools and workflows, addressing advancements in modality technology and changes to acquisition protocols. These tools and add-ons have helped clinicians to better navigate the growing number of images they are presented with. The ability to provide a timely, accurate diagnosis is more important than ever, but how do we facilitate this when there is so much more data to review? Imaging departments should be investing in solutions that help the radiologist provide diagnoses by better managing large data sets within the regular reading workflow. Launching a third party program disconnects a clinician from the primary task at hand and drastically reduces their efficiency.


Radiology Roundup: New Research for HD-MRI, Color Mapping CT, and More

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Radiology Images on Dual Screen MonitorNew advances in the science of clinical imaging seem to come hand-in-hand with new challenges for the radiology department to prove its value. In the best-case scenario, evolving methods for treatment will enable radiologists to contribute even more meaningfully to overall patient care, as well as demonstrate how our existing efforts help keep patients healthy.

This month’s roundup takes a look at both parts of this new equation. The first three articles explore promising new imaging methodologies. Then the final two address the challenges of proving radiology’s worth in a value-based paradigm, including tools to help radiologists deal with the MACRA rollout.


How Enterprise Imaging Solutions Can Help Shorten Hospital Stays

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Patient in a Hospital with PACSThe PACS of today has evolved significantly from where it started. Today’s PACS has the potential to bridge the radiology department to the rest of the healthcare enterprise, and to help optimize the efficiency of its users. With PACS a radiologist can have improved turnaround time on reports, collaborate with clinicians, and positively impact patient care. This is the goal of all healthcare organizations: to drive better patient outcomes. To this end, today’s PACS is more than just a departmental image archiving system; it’s a leading-edge enterprise imaging solution.


What Radiologists Should Know about Breast Density

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The American Cancer Society’s guidelines call for annual mammograms for women starting at age 45. While these screenings can increase the odds of successful treatment, early and accurate diagnosis is often made more difficult by the challenges stemming from accurately classifying breast density.

With the increasing conversation around the topic, imaging clinicians and researchers alike are tasked to determine which imaging methods are most effective for dense breasts, and how best to treat patients with higher breast density. To add a layer of complexity, many states have passed laws mandating density notification.


Survive the Looming Radiologist Physician Shortage with More Efficient Radiology Workflows

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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.


Imaging in 2017: An Evolution in Value and Standards

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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?