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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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Healthcare Virtualization

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.

 

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.

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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.