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.
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.
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.