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Medical Imaging Workflow

As the healthcare landscape continues to prioritize interoperability, data sharing and value-based care, the efficiency and flexibility of your medical imaging workflow is key. With this shift in healthcare, organizations must solve the challenges of simultaneously increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and maintaining patient care.

From a variety of McKesson industry experts and guest authors, get insight on key concerns for healthcare leaders, ranging from how to help your radiologists redefine their roles to improving your diagnostic imaging department. Read the articles below to begin improving your medical imaging workflow today.

Flexible Workflow Systems: A Permanent, Automated Fix for Communication Gaps

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Radiologist using a radiology workflow systemImagine someone quietly shadowing you through the work day, taking note of all the actions you took that require follow up. It would be a long list, especially if you’re a radiologist. Even for the most organized among us, keeping track of the patient and provider communications that need to take place in a single day can be overwhelming.

That’s the impetus behind today’s automated closed-loop radiology workflow systems — so sophisticated it’s like having someone at your side making sure nothing is missing or forgotten. And it’s not just about eliminating those middle-of-the-night realizations that you forgot something (although that’s certainly a benefit). It’s about reducing potential problems from communication gaps: Insurance company data suggests that communication problems are at least a causative factor in up to 80% of medical malpractice cases.

 

Before, During and After: Building Physician Relationships

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Physician relationship building for physician referralsRelationship building is one of the most time consuming aspects of running a business. For a radiology practice, that means creating and sustaining relationships with referring physicians — a tall order. But, broken down into segments ‑ and with the help of technology ‑ that order can be quite manageable.

There’s some excellent information available on the web and elsewhere on ways to create new physician relationships while strengthening the relationships you have. We find it easiest to divide the work into three categories.

 

Universal Viewers: Three Tales of Improved Access and Workflow

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Medical image sharing technologyRegardless of whether you’re working at a single facility or a multi-hospital health system, one thing holds true: multiple departments need to access images stored in a multitude of systems.

It is not only the necessity of medical image sharing that is growing but also the importance of collaborating in an effective way that will continue to make a difference in the foreseeable future as healthcare moves further into value-based care and hospitals continue to merge and acquire other types of clinical facilities.

 

Workflow Intelligence Optimizes Priority of Reads

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Evan KaminerEditors Note: This article by Evan Kaminer, MD, Chairman of Radiology, Montefiore Nyack, was originally published by Dotmed Healthcare Business Daily News and is reprinted here with permission.

While productivity certainly is important in today’s healthcare environment, I measure success by the exceptions.

It only takes one delayed reading with a bad outcome to lead to a disaster. Our workflow intelligence system makes sure that the most urgent cases get read first and on time, so it is highly unlikely that a stroke protocol report CT brain or other critical study will be delayed.

 

RSNA Interview with Jordan Lister: How to Scope Business Needs with New Tech

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Business needs in a medical imaging workflowYou’ve seen the future in health care technology coming out of RSNA. Now, you’re motivated to learn more and possibly invest in the tools you witnessed on the showroom floor. How can you keep any new investments in scope with your business needs?

In an interview with Health Data Management’s Tracy Granzyk on the RSNA floor, McKesson Director of Business Development Jordan Lister outlined why it’s increasingly important for radiology leadership to weigh timing, resources and long-term objectives as they seek new advancements.

 

Image Share Showcases Standards-Based Interoperability at RSNA

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RadiologistAgain, this year, McKesson was very pleased to participate in the Image Share demonstration during RSNA© in Chicago. The guided demonstrations of new health information exchange and image sharing technology took place every 20 minutes during the five days of the show and showcased how patient records can be transferred from facility to facility and accessed by a variety of clinicians both inside and outside the hospital.

The demonstration took place at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) booth, with groups of attendees getting an overview of the showcase demonstration by a radiologist familiar with the scenario.

 

IOM Demands Improved Diagnosis, Radiology Workflow Systems Answer the Call

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Medical Patient Diagnosis

We have made enormous progress in moving from volume-based care to value-based care and huge advances in curing disease. Of course, there’s always more to do. For example, the latest Institute of Medicine report provides an avenue to improve quality of care even further.

“Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” says the majority of US patients will receive a late or wrong diagnosis in their lifetimes. It also says diagnostic errors contribute to approximately 10% of patient deaths. The report concludes that as the delivery of healthcare and the diagnostic process continue to increase in complexity, the error rate may worsen.

 

Clinician Communication Still a Sticking Point for Test Results

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Radiologist at WorkCommunication seems to get easier every day — we can phone, text, email, Facebook message, and even Snapchat our friends and (in some cases) co-workers. But communicating with other clinicians about radiology results remains problematic.

The American College of Radiology Actionable Reporting Group separates findings into three categories: those requiring communication within minutes (Category 1), hours (Category 2), and days (Category 3). Categories 1 and 2 pose an immediate risk to the patient, requiring rapid and direct communication by the radiologist. Ironically, although Category 3 findings are significantly less urgent, their frequency means they are just as disruptive to radiology workflow as the first two.

 

The Tech-Assisted Art of Radiology

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Diagnostic imaging technologyRadiologists must welcome imaging innovations as essential tools to help improve patient care

The theme of RSNA 2015 is “Innovation is the Key to Our Future.” The selection of that theme implies that more than a few radiologists are resistant to change not only in their medical specialty but in the direction of the entire health care system.

Fear of change—ranging from the need to adapt to new technologies to being replaced by artificial intelligence—was captured brilliantly in a mock presentation by Kenneth Pierce, M.D., president of the Chicago Radiological Society, during the plenary session that opened the RSNA meeting Nov. 29.

 

Quality Workflows, Enterprise Worklists & Workflow Automation: Workflow intelligence helps align radiologists and the enterprise

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Mark Geller, MD, CEO, Nyack Hospital, Source: Shay FreyEditor’s Note: This article by Evan Godt recently ran on the Imaging Biz health IT portal and is reprinted here with permission. 

Quality Workflows, Enterprise Worklists & Workflow Automation: Workflow intelligence helps align radiologists and the enterprise 

As the U.S. shifts further into the era of accountable care, hitting quality benchmarks becomes ever more important. Reimbursement is increasingly tied to the value generated by providers, and data about who is making the grade is becoming more transparent.

Knowing this, it’s a powerful capability to recognize an issue before it arises, rather than retroactively during a meeting weeks later.