Radiology

Pain Prevention: Strategies to Reduce Repetitive Stress Injuries Amongst Radiologists – Part One

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Prevent Repetitive Stress Injury in RadiologyThis blog is in the form of an interview with Dr. Jay W. Patti, a radiologist from Mecklenburg Radiology Associates in Charlotte, NC. The interview is on a topic of interest to both of us (and hopefully you out there in Internet-land): using ergonomics to reduce repetitive stress injury (RSI) amongst radiologists.

Allan: Why do you think radiologists are still struggling with workstation ergonomics? And is it still important?

 

October: A Month to Focus on Breast Cancer Screening

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Mammography Technology ConsiderationsOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. So it seems a good time to look at the latest technology advances in mammography, even as controversy continues to swirl over recommendations for mammogram frequency.

On the plus side, a team from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy studied the effect of false-positive mammograms and found that although women’s short-term anxiety spiked after a false positive, that brief episode had no long-term effect on health.

 

Customer Spotlight: Van Buren County Hospital finds greater workflow efficiency, flexibility and support in McKesson’s solutions for radiology

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Healthcare IT at Van Buren County HospitalEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.

Van Buren County Hospital serves as an anchor for nearly 8,000 residents, attending to all of their healthcare needs. To keep up with medical advancements as well as increasing federal healthcare regulations, healthcare facilities of all sizes are increasing investments in health IT to achieve more efficient operations, more coordinated care, better communication and ultimately, better patient health outcomes.

 

RSNA 2014 Sessions for Healthcare Leaders

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RSNA 2014 Preview

Healthcare leaders who face challenges such as developing strategies to counter reduced managed care payments and responding to new government regulations should periodically take time to step away from ongoing pressures. Taking a break, connecting with peers and learning from other organizations can provide not just a respite but valuable insight into tactics and possible solutions for health systems.

One opportunity for an educational break is RSNA 2014, which starts November 30 in Chicago. There are a number of informative sessions for healthcare leaders, including topics ranging from how to develop your radiology financial insight to strategies for attaining quality improvement in medical imaging.

 

Customer Spotlight: Gonzales Healthcare Systems modernizes patient care using improved connectivity and integrated communications from McKesson’s Imaging Solutions

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Medical Imaging at Gonzales Healthcare SystemsEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.

Gonzales Healthcare Systems in Gonzales, Texas plays a vital role in the delivery of healthcare services to the surrounding communities and like larger, complex facilities, must strive to keep costs down while offering state-of-the-art medical technology. A 34-bed acute care hospital, Gonzales found McKesson’s medical imaging solutions flexible and scalable to suit a hospital of its size, helping Gonzales modernize the clinical care they offer to their patients.

 

6 Ways to Combine 3D Printing with Medical Imaging

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3D Printing and Medical Imaging InnovationsToys, shoes, dresses, musical instruments, fossil replicas, drones, cars and even houses are all amongst the many things being 3D printed today – there is even a specially designed 3D printer being sent to the International Space Station to be used to create replacement parts in zero-G.

The field of medicine is no exception to this revolution, and a lot of this is driven by medical imaging. In this post I’ve highlighted six ways medical imaging solutions and 3D printing are being used in combination now in the real world and also will be in the near future.

 

Selling Change: 3 Ways for Leaders to Obtain Physician Buy-In

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Obtain Physician Buy-InWhen it comes to organizational change, whether to value-based models of care, implementing Imaging 3.0 initiatives or following Meaningful Use Stage 2 objectives, CEOs and radiology leaders might feel as though the majority of their staff resists.

“What tends to happen when we get complicated, complex change, and we’ve got some moving parts, is that people don’t know … what their work is going to look like,” says Daniel Lock, a consultant about organizational change, in an online interview. “All this ambiguity and uncertainty causes people to resist and it’s one of the major reasons people resist.”

 

3 Experts Discuss the Impact of Baby Boomers on Healthcare and Radiology

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The Impact of Baby Boomers on Healthcare and Radiology

As a group that’s an impressive 75 million strong, three million American Boomers will hit retirement age every year for the next 20 years. As enterprise medical imaging technology advances and becomes more sophisticated, how will Baby Boomers respond to changes in the industry — and how will the industry respond to Baby Boomers’ expectations?

We’re discussing this question with three industry experts:

Richard Duszak, MD, Vice Chair of Radiology for Health Policy and Practice at Emory University School of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer, Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

 

4 Considerations When Choosing the Right Enterprise Medical Imaging Solution

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What to Consider When Choosing Medical Imaging Solutions.

Leaders of healthcare organizations are continually being challenged to do more with less while proving that improved efficiency and better patient health stem from their decisions. At McKesson, we work closely with healthcare executives and hear about the challenges they face. This allows us to create enterprise medical imaging solutions that can help them address their healthcare systems’ needs.

Whether healthcare systems have outdated PACS that operate in silos, need strategies to maximize their EHR investment or are trying to improve staff efficiency, most decision makers face overlapping issues. The most common considerations when choosing a new enterprise medical imaging system include return on investment (ROI), performance, patient care and balancing quality and cost.

 

Regional Imaging Network Success Through Growth and Collaboration

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Jay W. Patti, MD, Chief Radiology Informatics Officer  with Mecklenberg Radiology Associates talks about success with McKesson Radiology

Jay W. Patti, MD, Chief Radiology Informatics Officer with Mecklenburg Radiology Associates

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.

Mecklenburg Radiology Associates (MRA) is a key imaging services provider for Novant Health, a multi-state hospital system which primarily serves the mid-Atlantic region. Based in Charlotte, NC, MRA is a main provider of regional imaging services to healthcare consumers in the greater Charlotte region. Jay W. Patti, MD, a radiologist and Chief Radiology Informatics Officer with MRA since 2008, offers his perspective on forming a successful regional imaging strategy and servicing one of the largest hospital systems in the country. From growing and streamlining operations within the group to successfully collaborating with other radiology groups, MRA provides a great example of regional imaging best practices that can be shared across the industry.