When 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.”
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
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Whether healthcare systems have outdated PACS that operate in silos, need strategies to maximize their EHR investment or are trying to improve staff efficiency, most decision makers face overlapping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.
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.
By 2010, healthcare facilities around the world had conducted 5 billion medical imaging studies, with many imaging departments compiling tens of thousands of images each year. Healthcare leaders might feel like miners hard at work to seek nuggets of value amidst all of this medical imaging data. Certain data you inspect can help you find gems that are useful for improving efficiency.
This post will be of particular interest if you are an imaging professional at a US hospital or imaging center that performs CT scans on Medicare or Medicaid patients – even more so if you manage the equipment budget.
Having addressed all the new state regulations and Joint Commission recommendations on CT radiation exposure tracking and minimization, you may think that you are on top of things. But there is another impending item by the name of NEMA-XR-29-2013 that you may need to factor into your plans.
Depending on an institution’s exact situation, NEMA-XR-29-2013 could either be a pebble or a boulder, financially speaking.
Medical students go through various clinical rotations, soaking in information from attending physicians and trying to figure out what specialty will best fit their talents and life goals. Those who enjoy the challenge of diagnostics via MRIs, CT scans, and tomosynthesis might decide that radiology is the right fit.
Radiologists-to-be are lucky in that they have a number of world-class radiology residency programs to which they can apply. Around the country there are more than 100 programs benefiting from innovative leaders and cutting edge technology, such as enterprise medical imaging systems, as they teach radiologists of the future.
It’s been quite a journey, but EHRs have turned the corner in terms of proving their usefulness. Studies are showing that EHRs save patient lives and promote efficiency within healthcare organizations. If that’s the case, we should probably be asking ourselves what’s next. In other words, how can EHRs be enhanced to be even more useful? And just as importantly, how can hospitals get more value from their EHR investment?
One answer to those questions is imaging services; specifically, better connections between imaging and clinical EHR systems that greatly benefit providers, patients, and healthcare organizations.
The last few months have seen substantial drama related to the potential introduction of coverage for CT-based lung cancer screening for high-risk Medicare patients. This blog post is a quick review of the history and current state of the debate.
It should be noted that “high-risk patients” in this instance means “asymptomatic adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack per year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years.” This is a small percentage of the approximately 50 million Medicare beneficiaries. But it is a group that has, for obvious reasons, a high mortality rate with respect to lung cancer.