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.

Vendor Neutral Archives: A Comparison

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Vendor Neutral Archives : an industry comparison Enterprise-wide collaboration. Interoperability. Mobile accessibility.

Healthcare leaders typically want their enterprise medical imaging software to deliver results like these. If their organization is using a traditional PACS, however, they’ll be challenged to meet these goals..

A vendor neutral archive, on the other hand, is a solution designed to helps reduce the complexity of integrations and interfaces across the enterprise. A vendor neutral archive that is truly neutral is different from a traditional PACS in a number of crucial ways.


Customer Spotlight: How one practice boosted efficiency by moving away from dedicated mammography workstations

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Patient standing in front of a digital mammography machine

Editor’s Note: This article by Evan Godt recently ran on the imagingBiz web site and is reprinted here with permission.

When working at a high volume breast imaging provider, radiologists can’t afford speed bumps. But hiccups in workflow are inevitable when a radiologist is forced to constantly switch between different workstations, each with their own interfaces and controls. How can an imaging workflow be considered efficient with this kind of distraction bringing interpretation to a screeching halt?


Meaningful Use Changes: Why the MU Team Isn’t Returning Your Calls Any More

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Meaningful Use Stage 3 Expectations CMS and ONC issued three Notices of Proposed Rule Making (NPRMs) in quick succession during March and April that have a major effect on what to expect for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use (MU3). These NPRMs affect both the content of MU3 and also how it and earlier stages are likely to roll out. If you want, you can read the relevant 242 Federal Register pages here, here, and here. Take your time. I’ll wait.

People involved in imaging have had a few months now to fully digest these proposed rules. But there seems to be a lot of confusion out there. Many remain a bit puzzled by what it all means in practical terms.


Imaging and Precision Medicine Go Hand in Hand

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How Diagnostic Imaging and Precision Medicine Go Hand in HandRadiologists know that precision medicine is important to moving healthcare forward, but they may not realize how important diagnostic imaging is to precision medicine.

In fact, diagnostic imaging is one of only four ways to phenotype a patient, according to a Diagnostic Imaging article on the topic. The others include clinical history with physical exam, lab testing, and histopathology and immuno pathology.

Dr. James Thrall, chief of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, says radiology reports are essentially a description of the imaging phenotype of disease manifestation, although they are not usually thought of in those terms.


SIIM 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know

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SIIM 2015 Is Almost Here

SIIM 2015, the annual meeting for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, will be held on May 28-30 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “Creating the Image Enabled Enterprise.”

To help radiologists, researchers, and other clinical enterprise IT professionals create image-enabled enterprises, the conference offers a rich variety of educational sessions. SIIM 2015 sessions will cover utilizing mobile, improving the patient experience and understanding how imaging is moving away from traditional PACS, to name a few key topics.

Whether you’ve attended before or will attend for the first time, maximize your time at SIIM 2015 by reading this preview of new features and what sessions you should plan to attend.


Demonstrating the True Value of Medical Imaging: Q&A with RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, M.D.

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RSNA President Dr. Ronald L. Arenson Physicians value medical imaging. In fact, about 9 in 10 primary care physicians who responded to a survey about imaging’s value reported that advanced imaging improves their diagnostic confidence and provides data that would otherwise be unavailable.

Healthcare executives, on the other hand, may approach medical imaging from a more fiscal perspective. Imaging has been identified as the most rapidly growing contributor to rising costs that is under physician control. Unnecessary medical imaging is estimated to cost the U.S. up to $12 billion every year.


Taking Off Radiology’s Cloak of Invisibility

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Radiology Systems for RadiologistsIn Harry Potter’s world, invisibility is a highly coveted attribute, whether it’s just a knack for keeping the professor from calling on you or a true disappearing act enabled by the cloak of invisibility. In radiology, invisibility is problematic — and becoming more so.

Despite the fact that patient centeredness is a core principal in today’s healthcare reform, most patients remain unaware of the contribution radiologists make to their care. In the past, this was an unfortunate fact we all accepted. Today, it’s a serious issue.


In Search of Analytics—Beyond RIS and PACS

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Move Beyond RIS for Value via AnalyticsManaging a radiology department these days can seem like wrestling a pile of snakes. Just as you’ve got a handle on one area, another slips away and causes trouble. The shift to value-based care is causing your department to change procedures, rethink processes and re-evaluate just about everything else.

Radiology departments using a traditional RIS or PACS to manage all this change seem to be struggling the hardest. They lack the type of detailed information they need to speed up workflow, identify intra- and inter-departmental communication gaps and capture department-wide data in a way that clearly shows where improvements are needed.


HIMSS15 Preview: Highlights and New Features

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HIMSS 2015 Preview If you’re planning to attend HIMSS15, you’re not alone. With nearly 38,000 attendees last year, HIMSS 2015 is the largest health IT event in the industry.

To get the most out of your conference experience, Karen Malone, Vice President, Meeting Services, HIMSS North America advises all attendees to plan their agenda before arriving at HIMSS. To help attendees prioritize, below, Malone shares her “preview” of sessions you don’t want to miss, an inside scoop on the variety of session types and new features of this year’s conference.

Plan to Attend These Sessions


ICD-10: The Countdown is On

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ICD-10 Readiness for Radiology Departments With six months to go until ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 is a focus for many healthcare organizations. Most hospitals are making investments in ICD-10 migration tools this year, according to a survey of hospital executives. CMS timelines indicate that health systems should be a full year into testing for readiness, with testing recommended to have begun in April of last year. Final steps should be underway now to ensure that employees are fully trained and ready for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, including in radiology.