Medical Imaging Workflow

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 Change Healthcare 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.

Unlocking Efficiency Gains Through Cross-Site Reporting of Diagnostic Imaging in the UK

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Diagnostic imaging team reviewing results on a tabletCurious about the health system in the UK? David Howard of Change Healthcare, argues that cross-site reporting is key to unlocking transformation within the NHS, but warns this is dependent upon the right technological infrastructure. This article was originally posted to the Building Better Healthcare website and is reprinted here with permission.

Sustainable NHS transformation will depend on unlocking quality and efficiency gains through the cross-site reporting of diagnostic imaging.

The cross-site reporting of diagnostic images, through which organisations can share resources and maximise capacity, is contingent upon developing the right technological infrastructure to support collaboration

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part Two

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As healthcare continues to move toward value-based care, health systems need to break down silos to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Imaging departments who had relative autonomy in a volume based world, are now challenged to find better ways of sharing data and working across the enterprise.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the challenges facing radiology departments in a value-based world, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help health systems adapt. In part one of our coverage of the webinar, we focused on how workflow orchestration helps make the most of your technological and talent investments. Read on for part two of our key takeaways.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part One

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There’s a massive shakeup happening in the healthcare industry, and imaging departments are at the epicenter. The push toward bundled payments, value-based reimbursement, and enterprise imaging creates challenges that traditional radiology solutions aren’t equipped to address.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the current state of radiology workflow, how imaging departments need to adapt, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help. Read on for part one of our key takeaways.

The Top Workflow Challenges: Efficiency & Access

According to a recent survey of CHIME members, the top three reasons health systems invest in imaging IT solutions are:

 

Clinical Context: The Missing Piece of Healthcare Interoperability

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Healthcare interoperability is commonly perceived as a technical challenge.

And the technical components of interoperability are important. In healthcare, there is a diverse array of solutions that need to be linked in order to ensure that data captured on one system can be read on another, and legacy systems can be integrated into the new model.

But even with wise investments in the right technology, there remains one crucial piece of interoperability that is frequently overlooked: Clinical context. In our latest white paper, Interoperability As a Business Challenge: How Context Has Equaled Technology in Importance, we asked a panel of experts to shed light on the role context must play in a successful interoperability initiative.

 

EQUIP Your Mammography Department for a Value-Based Landscape

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Are you equipped for breast screening quality assurance?

Breast screening workflow used to be simpler.

A referring physician ordered a study → the study was scheduled → the patient was scanned → the radiologist created a report → the facility got paid.

Transitioning from a volume-based model to a value-based model is hard enough. But what often makes it even harder is that the tools in place are not designed to support your departments in this transition. Your existing tools aren’t enough to help you stay efficient, improve patient care and control costs, particularly when the environment can shift quickly and introduce new requirements on top of those that already exist.

 

Enterprise Imaging Workflows: Challenges & Opportunities

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Medical imaging isn’t always concentrated in traditional imaging departments anymore. Health systems are collecting images at various points in their patients’ journeys, and they need to store those images along with their associated data in a location that’s accessible to everyone.

To make these images useful to all clinicians in the health system, we must tackle the issue of incompatible workflows between different departments.

Here is a brief overview of the conflicting workflows that exist, and considerations for making images and their associated data more consistent.

 

STAT Workflow Management: Workflow Isn’t Just for Radiology Part 2

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We’ve discussed in previous posts how workflow orchestration can benefit patients and radiologists, and most recently, cardiologists. As diagnostic imaging needs continue to cross departmental boundaries, interoperable workflow management solutions can be used to bridge communication gaps. With a dynamic, intelligent worklist that crosses departments, studies can be assigned to the right person at the right time.

Every clinician wants to ensure that truly urgent studies are read quickly. But defining “urgent” can be problematic when there are manual processes in place and inconsistent rules. Both cardiology and radiology departments struggle with the tendency to mark every case STAT.

 

5 Ways Radiology Can Support an Enterprise Imaging Initiative

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As health systems look to provide more value in patient care while controlling costs, the shift to enterprise imaging has become a top priority. Because it expands communication and collaboration across the health system, enterprise imaging can directly contribute to value-based care.

It takes participation from stakeholders across the health system to successfully manage an enterprise imaging transition. But radiology departments should be leading the way. Your department has invaluable experience dealing with imaging, workflow, and managing imaging data once it’s captured.

 

3 Ways to Use Workflow Management to Expand Your Reach Across the Enterprise

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Today’s value based care environment demands improvements in quality, interpretation and communication to deliver better outcomes for patients. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the impact intelligent workflow software can have on an individual’s patient journey, but today we’d like to highlight some of the ways  automating workflow can help a radiologist.

Below are three specific ways workflow management can facilitate increased efficiency for radiologists in their daily work:

1. Critical Test Results Management

Every radiologist wants to expedite critical results. But without tools or a consistent workflow, departments can be forced to rely on manual workflows and human intervention, both of which make it difficult to close the communication loop.

 

Advice from the Expert: Orchestrate Your Workflows for Quality and Efficiency

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Dr. Evan Kaminer describes Conserus Workflow IntelligenceFor radiology departments to go beyond imaging and stay relevant in the healthcare industry, they need to clearly demonstrate their contribution to the organization’s overall success. Imaging continues to play a critical role across the patient care continuum, and as hospitals redefine their own benchmarks, imaging departments must also find new ways to prove their value. Outcomes and value are the benchmarks in today’s environment and to achieve results in these areas, radiologists need solutions that help them manage their processes more intelligently and more efficiently.