Tools that Support Cardiology Patient Engagement

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Tools for Cardiology Patient Engagement A recent report from the American Heart Association, ACC and other professional healthcare organizations highlights the importance of shared accountability when it comes to patient care and outcomes. The groups maintain that as cardiologists and other clinicians are increasingly evaluated based on performance measurements, the role that patients take regarding their own care should have weight.

Incorporating the performance of both physicians and patients can support patient-centered outcomes. Cardiology tools that facilitate patient engagement and help improve communication between health team members will become increasingly important in a shared-accountability environment.


Customer Spotlight: Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Supports Growth with Strong PACS and Clinically Experienced PACS Administrator

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Steinberg Medical Imaging CenterEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on the ImagingBiz website and is republished here with permission.

When Dane’lle Southern was approached by Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers’ (SDMI) CIO to take on the role of PACS administrator for the company, she initially declined, and remembers thinking she couldn’t possibly be a good fit for the position. The CIO thought differently, and saw that her experience as an imaging technologist could only make a PACS administrator stronger. Having successfully completed nearly two years as PACS administrator, Southern revisits her experience to share how SDMI has best utilized her skills to bridge the gap between clinical and IT staff.


Customer Spotlight: Atlanta Medical Center Deploys Enterprise-wide, Web-based PACS Using Existing Workflows and Secure SSO Solution

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Atlanta Medical CenterEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on the ImagingBiz website and is republished here with permission.

The information systems team at Atlanta Medical Center is not only keeping pace with the rate at which technology is evolving in healthcare, they’re taking the lead. A facility with a reputation for technological innovation in healthcare, AMC developed a comprehensive solution to a new challenge faced by information systems management when deploying a PACS client enterprise-wide in a large healthcare facility.


3 Ways to Help Eliminate Medical Data Silos

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Reducing medMedical Image Silo Problems Solved ical data silos is important for a number of reasons. If data is siloed and medical images can’t be readily accessed where and when needed, staff members may spend valuable time searching for and sending them. That leaves providers with less time to care for patients. If an image must be retaken, healthcare costs will increase and the patient’s radiation exposure will go up, which may lead to a reduction in quality of care and most likely harm patient satisfaction.

Data silos are a problem for health systems around the country. However, there are strategies available that can help healthcare teams eliminate medical data silos and access the images they need when and where they’re needed.


Why Healthcare Leaders Should Care about Diagnostic Imaging

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HealthcaHealthcare leaders who care about diagnostic imaging. re leaders are barraged with daily demands. Perhaps it’s assessing whether new staff is needed, digging into financial reports, creating strategies for shifting to value-based reimbursement or working to secure market share.

But as they juggle numerous tasks, healthcare leaders should care about diagnostic imaging solutions. Why? Diagnostic imaging solutions help improve workflow, support improvements to patient care and help organizations meet regulations.

Facilitate Workflow

Diagnostic imaging solutions can support improvements to workflow by bridging communication gaps. Workflow intelligence platforms can be customized per an organization’s priorities. For example, a department might opt to build a workflow based on radiologists’ specialties and locations to optimize sub-specialists’ expertise.


Using Plan-Do-Study-Act Can Help Radiologists Break Through, Redefine Their Role

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Adapting to the Changing Role of Radiology Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is redefining the role of radiology within the care spectrum. While that can be a scary proposition at the outset, it actually presents opportunities for radiology to break out of its silo, contend the authors of an article in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The article, “Advanced Practice Quality Improvement Project: How to Influence Physician Radiologic Imaging Ordering Behavior,” notes that although radiologists may have lost their traditional position as imaging gatekeepers, that freedom can lead to greater collaboration with providers and an important role on the care team.


Top 5 Things CIOs Can Do to Improve the Diagnostic Imaging Department

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Diagnostic Imaging Solutions Healthcare Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have a lot on their plates, from overseeing data security to developing technical strategies that support optimal patient care. As they assess areas for improvement, they should consider taking time to explore opportunities within radiology. Diagnostic medical imaging advances can benefit the rest of the healthcare organization, helping to improve efficiency and save money. Here are five things that CIOs can do to help improve their diagnostic imaging departments.

1. Integrate images with EHR data.

Studies have shown that EHRs are improving patient care, saving lives and promoting efficiency. CIOs have an opportunity to optimize the investment their healthcare organizations have made in their EHRs by integrating them with diagnostic medical imaging.


Recent Events Clarify the Likely Future of Lung Cancer Screening in the United States

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LDCT Lung Cancer Screening This is an update to my earlier post discussing how the early detection of lung cancer via low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been shown to be effective enough in certain populations to warrant a screening program, but that coverage of such a program under Medicare was the subject of some debate.

CMS (Preliminary) Decision

The big news, of course, is that in mid-November CMS made a proposed Decision Memo indicating that Medicare would, indeed, cover lung cancer screening.

The final ruling from CMS is expected in February 2015 and could include some further refinements to the program currently outlined (more on that below).


QICS Overview: Video Highlights

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Few hospitals would say they do not want to improve their workflows. At RSNA 2014 Robert Solgat, account manager at peerVue, talked about how a qualitative intelligence and communication system (QICSTM) can help enhance workflows through an enterprise imaging solution.

A former radiology director and PACS administrator, Solgat discussed some of the key features that QICS offers, including:

  • Collecting all data from PACS, RIS, HIS and EMRs to one single location.
  • Taking that data, gathering statistics and making meaningful reports – without spending hours to do so.

Tidbits from RSNA that Are Worth Repeating

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Medical Imaging Tools Discussed at RSNAIt was great to see so many people during the RSNA 2014 Conference in Chicago. In case you missed it, we made several presentations in the McKesson booth that were noteworthy.

Below you will find highlights of five of those presentations.

Freddie Adorno, administrator of Enterprise Imaging Informatics for Nyack Hospital, a 375-bed facility 20 miles north of New York City. Adorno spoke about his hospital’s experience with McKesson Enterprise Image™ Clinical Reference Viewer (CRV). He said the CRV’s public URL streamlined access for everyone, especially those making the referral. This eliminated the frustration of multiple logins that that were required for Virtual Private Network and Terminal Services methods.