With more than 55,000 attendees, 4,000 courses and countless conversations, RSNA 2014 is officially a wrap. From scientific studies to best practices, a plethora of medical imaging topics of value were discussed. Although it’s difficult to choose, here are 3 RSNA highlights that I found particularly interesting, including discussions about improving quality in a changing healthcare landscape, readying for ICD-10 and fostering teamwork to help improve patient care.
1. Improving Quality via Communication
As the healthcare landscape changes, achieving quality and meaning in radiology is increasingly important, according to one session at RSNA 2014. Radiologists’ ability to cooperate and interact with their team is growing in importance as well.
At RSNA’s 100th annual meeting, representatives of more than 600 companies spread out over a half million square feet of space, demonstrating products both cutting edge and tried and true.
Radiology has never stopped advancing and improving throughout RSNA’s long history: each year new technology is unveiled by companies old and new. One company with a long history in healthcare technology is McKesson. McKesson highlighted solutions for RSNA attendees that help break down information silos between radiology or cardiology solutions and reduce complexities that are introduced through consolidation.
Patients who live in rural areas face significant health disparities when compared to the general population. From higher rates of disease to lower life expectancies, higher rates of pain and suffering to fewer physicians, rural healthcare has a number of considerable challenges. Solutions that help improve the delivery of care in rural areas are highlighted in the following medical imaging case studies. These real-world examples depict how technology can help reduce report turnaround, provide high-tech services in rural areas and support improvements to patient care.
Case Study #1 | Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha
For professional backup, aviators have autopilot, writers have spellcheck. Some physicians receive alerts if an action has been overlooked or an important finding must be communicated quickly, such as a radiologist’s alert to contact the ED about a patient’s blood clot. These notifications can be very valuable, but too many can backfire and cause alert fatigue. Here are three reasons radiology management should seek balance when it comes to automated alerts.
1. Alerts Can Help Speed Up Radiologist Communication.
Sometimes, progress is as simple as viewing things from a different angle. For instance, when we consider radiology tests or procedures, we think of technologists and radiologists. What’s the best equipment for them, how can we make them more efficient, and how can we decrease the time they spend waiting for images?
But take that view and turn it 180 degrees to the patient, and everything changes. Success is no longer about departmental workflow; it’s about lowering the patient’s anxiety and frustration level to help improve radiology patient care.
November 8 is International Radiology Day. On the one hand, I think it’s wonderful that there’s a day to recognize the value that diagnostic radiology brings to healthcare and the numerous ways it helps improve quality of care. On the other hand, I believe that radiologists should not sit back on this day thinking about a job well done. Instead, International Radiology Day can be used as a call to action, further emphasizing the value of the work that radiologists do day in and day out.
In Part One of this Q&A, Dr. Patti outlined some of the obstacles that radiologists face regarding their physical workplaces. Those challenges include rotating to different facilities so there’s a lack of ownership of a workstation, not wanting to seem “high maintenance,” and having different individuals with different ergonomic needs working at the same workstation. Now, back to the discussion:
Allan: That is a long list of obstacles. Is the situation solvable?
This 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 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 radiology11:41 am
Editor’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.