Why Do You Need to Orchestrate Your Medical Imaging Workflow?
The transition to value-based care challenges imaging providers to quantify their value, find new efficiencies, and drive better patient outcomes. And yet the transition itself doesn’t include tools to facilitate this transition.
Workflow orchestration is one tool that radiology departments can use to prove their value to the rest of the organization. It uses rules to distribute studies from one or multiple PACS to the most appropriate radiologist. It offers a host of benefits for imaging departments in health systems of all sizes including the following:
- Collaboration across the enterprise: Using dynamic, automatic prioritization to manage studies and tasks helps you assign tasks appropriately so you can make optimal use of your subspecialists and stop studies from falling through the cracks.
- Clinical Data Integration: Consolidating clinical data from relevant hospital systems like the EHR, gives radiologists valuable context into the images at hand.
- Consistent Quality: Automating quality processes, like Peer Review, Critical Result Management, ED communication, Radiation Dose Monitoring and Tech QI helps hospitals make quality a consistent, compliant part of their everyday clinical operations rather than an afterthought.
Health systems are beginning to unearth the possibilities of streamlining and automating workflows. But there is still immense untapped potential.
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Medical Imaging Workflow Challenges – Getting the Right Data to the Right Place at the Right Time.
Workflow challenges arise on many fronts.
IT environments comprised of multiple, disparate systems create technological barriers. These environments may be the result of health system consolidation or they may be a matter of business choices, as in the case of radiology practices who read for many different clients on various PACS platforms. And when radiologists look outside PACS systems for clinical data that could contribute to their diagnoses, the obstacles get even more daunting.
One way to address technological challenges is through interoperability. For workflow to be automated and collaborative, vendor neutrality cannot be considered a “nice-to-have” feature. Systems must be designed to allow communication across multiple platforms from multiple vendors so that streamlining workflow doesn’t require a wholescale PACS replacement. And radiology systems and images aren’t the only place where workflow improvements can be applied. Clinicians need systems that aggregate the relevant data that exists outside radiology and bring it to the point of care where it can be used.
These resources help identify specific obstacles to more efficient workflows and propose solutions.
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Automating Interpretation Workflows
Reading a large number of studies is no longer a guaranteed path to success. Instead, the ability to prioritize and distribute specific studies to the most appropriate radiologist lets you use sub-specialist expertise to its maximum advantage. Intelligent, dynamic task assignment and reassignment is needed so radiologists can meet their Service Level Agreements with other departments. The continued development of more efficient, more effective workflows requires buy-in from the entire health system, from executives to imaging clinicians. When a health system commits to quality as part of their organizational DNA, workflows can evolve to meet higher standards.
Better workflows can improve departmental organization and allow departments to do more with less. The benefits don’t stop at the organizational or even departmental level, however. Intelligent workflows are vital to improving patient experience and outcome as well. For example, intelligent radiology workflows can reduce the time patients spend waiting while increasing the quality of diagnoses.
Part of the next evolution in workflows is not only capturing data, but also bringing it together at the point of care so it can be used to aid diagnoses and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
These resources are dispatches from the cutting edge of medical imaging workflow. You will find success stories from health systems that have made major breakthroughs, new ways of looking at the challenges imaging clinicians face, and tips for evolving workflows in your health system.
- A Tale of Two Patients: How Intelligent Radiology Workflow Can Help You Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction
- Approaching Interoperability: Taking the Next Step in Realizing the Full Promise of Digital Diagnostic Imaging
- The Evolution of Quality Workflows: How to Embed Quality in Your Organization’s DNA
A highly evolved quality system is about consistency, visibility, education and ongoing improvement. But many facilities find it difficult to implement this type of approach because they are mired in manual, paper-based quality systems. Instead of an automated workflow management solution that makes quality an integral part of clinical operations, they are forced to use solutions that merely “check the box”. When quality workflows are flexible, automatic and timely, they can help organizations create more cohesive processes that embed quality outcomes into their DNA.
Workflow automation and orchestration solutions help take industry defined best practices from theory to reality. Rules based workflow solutions help ensure that practices are consistent across facilities and they make it easy and quick to introduce change.
These resources reflect the many ways in which quality workflows are contributing to overall quality systems in different types of organizations. You’ll find success stories, new ideas about the challenges imaging clinicians face, and advice for evolving workflows within your organization.