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.
To truly stay up-to-date on the latest developments in radiology, imaging clinicians need to follow two levels of discourse. First, there are the on-the-ground, day-to-day issues that arise in the practice, including breakthroughs in types of imaging and study results. Second, there are the bigger-picture discussions taking place in the profession as a whole.
This month’s roundup captures a snapshot of ongoing conversations on both levels. Read on to learn about challenges just on the horizon, ground-breaking studies, and discussions on governance and dosage-reduction campaigns.
A Tale of Two Patients: How Intelligent Radiology Workflow Can Help You Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction3:06 pm
In today’s value based care model, metrics that demonstrate value, performance and quality are undeniably important. Measuring things like the number of studies read each day, the average turnaround time and the number of high-priority reads in the queue helps us understand workflow and productivity.
A few months ago, we published a case study showing how Conserus Workflow Intelligence™ helped a health system improve their turnaround times by up to 50% between radiology and the ER, ICU, and labor and delivery. This data makes a compelling case for streamlined, automated, intelligent radiology workflow.
Successfully establishing and measuring quality in a health care system isn’t a singular event. You can’t achieve it, claim victory and then forget about it. Embedding a mindset of quality throughout a health care system is ultimately more powerful, but how is it possible to implement, let alone measure this intangible concept?
For Marlene Stodgell O’Grady, Director of Quality, Education and Safety at Alberta Health Services (AHS), a mindset of quality becomes possible in a culture that’s objective and focused on learning. She believes one way to foster this culture is through an anonymous peer review process, and during her work overseeing AHS’ regional quality system, she’s learned a few important lessons about what works and what doesn’t.
One of the ways you can assess the maturity of a health care system’s quality program is by its area of focus. Some programs are in place simply to meet legislative requirements or to “check the box”. But organizations that are striving to make quality an integral component of their transition to value-based care need systems that go well beyond the minimum requirements. Successful quality programs in a value-based care model don’t take a punitive approach, but instead focus on consistency, compliance and education. While an overall quality mindset encompasses much more than clinical radiology workflows, they’re one of the most obvious and logical places to start.
Innovative Image Sharing : Security, Workflow and Interoperability Innovations are Key for Successful Image Archiving and Sharing4:29 pm
Editor’s Note: The following article ran in the October 2016 issue of Health Management Technology and is reprinted here with permission.
As the adoption of EHRs begins to plateau in terms of widespread acceptance, the imaging sector is ripe for innovation. Cybersecurity risks, the need for specialized workflows, and intelligent sharing of data (interoperability) remain moving targets on which the industry should focus to get the most value from an imaging solution.
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.