Medical imaging systems have continually represented – or helped us to take advantage of – the cutting-edge of healthcare information technology. Here’s a quick look at some of the industry trends these systems will help our field to benefit from through the balance of the year.
1. Mobile Devices. The 2nd Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey published in December 2012 (available for download here) identified an increased use of mobile devices by medical professionals. Meanwhile, a Manhattan Research survey found that 62 percent of physicians used mobile devices in their daily practice last year, double the use from 2011. While 2010 may have been hot for the smartphone, in 2012 use of the media tablet heated up. Expect this trend to grow throughout the year, with goals rooted in more efficient patient care.
2. Vendor-Neutral Archiving. The use of mobile devices has led to increased collaboration across the enterprise, motivating the medical imaging industry to increase adoption of vendor-neutral archiving systems. Based on a December 2012 survey with input from 415 US hospitals, healthcare technology research and consulting firm CapSite found that one-third of the U.S. hospital market has adopted a VNA solution and that an additional 19 percent plan to introduce one in the next two years.
3. Speech-Recognition Tools. Speech-recognition tools have been in use for a number of years. Per MGMA consultant Derek Kosiorek, their increasing use by physicians correlates to both increased EHR use and the heightened accuracy of the technology.
4. Clinical Analytics. Today’s EHR systems generate simple reports that don’t meet the demands placed upon providers from government mandates on interoperability and clinical performance. Most providers now realize that EHRs alone don’t meet their need for advanced analytics.
John Edwards, a director at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in comments about a recent survey they conducted stated that “In the clinical space, there was a belief that if you put in an EHR, all your problems of interoperability would go away. Evidence suggests that providers were realizing that the ‘silver bullet’ of EHRs needed to be enhanced with clinical informatics people.”
What trends do you see medical imaging systems contributing to, or helping to support, this year? I encourage you to share your thoughts via a comment below.