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.
Approaching Interoperability: Taking the Next Step in Realizing the Full Promise of Digital Diagnostic Imaging3:40 pm
Back in the day, when part of my job in radiology was hand developing x-ray film, no one could have imagined the impact of digitization on medical imaging — including all of the new kinds of diagnostic imaging and the tremendous savings in time, money, and space.
Now that more than a quarter century has passed since the first PACS systems were introduced, we are approaching another transformation: fully realizing the promise of digitization, with the ability to easily access and share a patient’s medical images across disciplines, accountable care organizations, and healthcare systems.
Radiologists are experts at image interpretation, but diagnosing from images removes important context about the patient that may impact the final diagnosis or care plan recommendations. We know that Radiologists want patient data, which is why access is provided to the systems that store it such as the EMR or RIS. While this access technically may provide a solution for retrieving patient data, it’s not the best solution, as it still relies on a Radiologist to leave their current reading environment and seek out the information much like looking for a needle in the haystack. What we have learned with the evolution of value-based care is that we must provide this patient context to Radiologists within their current reading environment in a manner that is consistent and reliable.
It’s an exciting time to be a radiologist. Advances in technology allow for higher-quality scans and easier ways to share findings with the rest of the health system. Radiologists are being encouraged to take a more active role in patient care, becoming full participants in the flow of information throughout the system and to patients.
Granted, the shift to value-based care and increasing provider consolidation introduce new challenges for radiologists. But they also hold the possibility of new opportunities to contribute to better patient outcomes.
In 2011, officials at Alberta Health Services (AHS) made a startling discovery. A number of CT studies in a rural community had been misinterpreted, raising questions about patient care. As a result of the incident, the province’s Minister of Health called for a thorough examination of quality assurance practices in radiology.
To find a solution that would meet the needs of AHS was a significant undertaking. They are Canada’s largest provincial health system, providing services for more than four million people. The system includes 130 imaging facilities that range from high end acute care trauma centers to small rural community hospitals and health centers. In these facilities, 1800 technologists perform more than 2.8 million exams per year, which are then interpreted by 300 radiologists working in 16 different professional organizations and groups.
PACS is a well-established commodity and in order for it to continue to advance and serve the imaging community, there is a need for vendors who are willing to push its traditional boundaries. With more than twenty years industry experience in strategy, product management and engineering, Todd Johnson, Executive Director of Radiology Product Development at McKesson, has a distinct view on the potential and the possibility of what’s next.
Breach of patient records or ransomware attacks are a critical issue, and one that more organizations are paying attention to. According to new research from the Ponemon Institute, 89% of healthcare organizations and 60% of business associates have experienced a data breach in the past two years. The pace of breaches has not slowed and costs healthcare providers $6.2 billion each year. Criminal attacks are responsible for up to half of all healthcare data breaches, with the others being attributed to unintentional employee actions, third-party mistakes and stolen computer devices.
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Editor’s Note: This article by Caitlin Wilson was recently published in Radiology Business Journal and is reprinted here with permission.
Peer review is a method doctors and health researchers use to hold the work of their whole industries accountable, including within the field of diagnostic radiology. But most interventional radiology practices don’t have similar standardized processes with which to verify work among radiologists.
In that absence, the interventional radiology department at UMass Memorial Medical Center was looking for a way to mimic its existing monthly morbidity and mortality meetings more frequently and formally.
Editor’s Note: This article was recently published by DotMed Healthcare Business News and is reprinted here with permission.
Making the transition to new and better technology can be a difficult process fraught with unexpected problems that can challenge any successful rollout. Through careful planning and an understanding of the possible challenges presented during an implementation, your organization can achieve success.
Radiology Regional Center’s successful implementation of McKesson Radiology Mammography Plus ™ was a case study in how understanding the infrastructure needed to support technology can lead to a successful rollout.
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:
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.