Capturing—and Maximizing—the Promise of Interoperability

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Interoperability Helps Clinicians Access Medical ImagesEditor’s Note: This article by Mary Beth Massat recently ran on the Applied Radiology web site and is reprinted here with permission.

Interoperability: It’s the Holy Grail of healthcare. Everyone wants to obtain it, but it still remains elusive, particularly in cross-department and cross-enterprise patient data sharing.

The adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR) has been a game-changer in terms of presenting the clinician with a more complete patient record. According to Don Dennison, president/principal, Don K. Dennison Solutions, Inc., and Director at-large on the Board of Directors for the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), the growing prevalence of EMRs has led to the deconstruction of PACS. This means that certain PACS responsibilities are shifting to other applications, such as image storage to vendor neutral archives (VNA), and clinical image viewing to EMR enterprise viewers.


Anonymous and Random: Strong Trends in Physician Peer Review

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5.7 shutterstock_92399911Late last year, the Journal of the American College of Radiology published a study confirming what many have been talking about regarding physician peer review. A whopping 86% of respondents said peer review is important for improving patient care. An even higher number (92%) said they believe physician peer review should be anonymous.

The authors, including Dr. Michael Loreto of the Department of Medical Imaging, Health Sciences North, Ontario, Canada, concluded that, “the incorporation of a non-anonymous peer review system generates anxiety and uncertainty within a radiology department.”


Mobile Opportunities in Imaging

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Mobile Imaging for CardiologistsEditor’s Note: This article has been reprinted, with permission, from the March 2015 edition of Partner Voice newsletter.

The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has transformed the way physicians can access healthcare information, including imaging. Vendors have tried to step up to the plate by offering myriad solutions to display data on mobile devices, but providers and their vendor partners would be wise to not lose focus on workflows.


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.


5 Problems that Diagnostic Imaging Workflow Solutions Help Solve

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Diagnostic Imaging Workflow Solutions Facilitate Team CommunicationRadiology and cardiology departments are in the midst of a cultural shift as health systems transition to value-based care. Specifically, radiology leaders are calling for radiologists to actively move out of their reading rooms and take on tasks that prove their value. For example, screening exams for appropriateness and becoming part of multidisciplinary teams demonstrate worth. But how can radiologists and cardiologists take on extra tasks when they’re already strapped for time?

Here are five problems that diagnostic imaging workflow solutions help solve, supporting clinicians’ ability to work more efficiently.

Problem 1: Complexity of integrated care


Making Virtualization a Reality: UnityPoint Health and the Virtual Server Solution

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Editor’s Note: This article by Kayt Suke was originally published by Healthcare Informatics and is reprinted here with permission.

As larger healthcare systems continue to grow, often merging with smaller regional and rural hospitals, information technology (IT) leaders are pressed to find innovative ways to deal with interoperability and data sharing across the enterprise. UnityPoint Health, a multi-campus health system in Iowa, needed to integrate a variety of radiologic and medical imaging systems across their rapidly expanding community.


How Provider Organizations Can Tackle Healthcare Challenges in 2015: A Q&A with Erkan Akyuz

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Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow SolutionsToday’s hospitals and physicians must deliver high-quality care while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. In order to deliver care in this manner, relevant clinical data must be accessible in real-time and managed efficiently. As healthcare leaders rise to meet the challenges within the changing healthcare landscape, technology must evolve in order to help providers face new challenges.

In this interview, Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS), shares insights into the challenges that face provider organizations in 2015 and how technology solutions offer increasingly valuable resolutions to these challenges.

What would you list as the top challenges facing leading provider organizations?


The Value of Data: How interoperability, data sharing and value-based care are shaping diagnostic imaging in healthcare

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Healthcare Data in UseEditor’s Note: This article recently ran in Executive Insight magazine and is reprinted here with permission.

Healthcare is in the midst of a shift – a shift toward interoperability, data sharing and value-based care. For McKesson’s Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS) business, these components are part of the company’s framework.

Since its inception in 1833, McKesson has played a pivotal role in the nation’s healthcare landscape. And with their enterprise diagnostic imaging solution sets, McKesson has expanded its role to become a leader in diagnostic imaging for radiology and cardiology with one-fourth of U.S. hospitals using their imaging software and services. McKesson IWS understands the needs of healthcare leaders, in particular chief information officers (CIOs) who are responsible for data gathering and effective data exchange.


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.