Optimizing the Value of Medical Imaging

Data — especially imaging data — is the lifeblood of a modern health system. For the system to operate as efficiently and productively as possible, data must flow freely between departments. Imaging department heads can lead the way, eliminating barriers to interoperability and ensuring access across the enterprise and with other health systems as well.

The transition from isolated imaging departments to enterprise imaging takes commitment and planning. Optimizing medical imaging value in this way is well worth the effort, however. Enterprise medical imaging solutions can help enhance your organization’s financial, clinical and operational effectiveness.

Enterprise imaging can help address many of the largest challenges facing health systems today: A better flow of imaging data can assist with the transition to value-based care, increased access to imaging across the health system can help guide diagnoses and improve patient outcomes and enterprise imaging solutions make it possible to maximize the efficiency of existing resources to cut costs and do more with less.

The posts on this page include interviews and articles from Change Healthcare thought leaders and expert guest authors. They address the benefits of enterprise imaging, the challenges that must be overcome to make it successful, and the actual results health systems have achieved through optimizing the value of their medical imaging.

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Optimizing Operational Effectiveness

The first step in optimizing operational effectiveness is to ensure that data management solutions in each department are interoperable. With that structure in place, intelligent software solutions can use the data to manage resources.

For example, intelligent workflow solutions in imaging departments can prioritize scans and route them to the appropriate specialists to read them. Intelligent peer review systems can automatically instigate peer review, accept feedback, and close the loop once review is complete. In short, enterprise imaging forms a foundation that health systems can build on to address gaps in communication and quality.

Health systems — especially radiology departments — face increased demands for higher output and a higher standard of care for patients, but without a corresponding increase in resources. Increasing operational efficiency is absolutely vital to meet these rising demands.

The articles in this section include inspiring case studies from health systems large and small, each of which used intelligent workflow solutions to reduce turnaround times, eliminate redundancies, and more. In addition to these practical examples, you will also find advice from experts in the field on optimization opportunities and challenges.

Optimizing Financial Effectiveness

In a volume-based paradigm, it’s easy for imaging departments to prove their worth. It’s transactional — the number of scans read over time is one of the few metrics you need. For value-based care, however, imaging departments are challenged to demonstrate their value in more nuanced ways.

Imaging departments will require new key performance indicators, new goals to reach, and new ways to evaluate progress. Addressing these issues could lead to business models that are dramatically different than the old value-based model.

Enterprise imaging can help address these challenges. Imaging analytics solutions can look at data across the health system to surface the most relevant data for reporting, and can make it simpler to compare processes, evaluate performance, and demonstrate improvement. To track and evaluate the metrics that matter most to value-based care, enterprise imaging is a must-have.

In this section, you will find advice on restructuring imaging departments to meet a value-based paradigm, novel ways radiology and cardiology imaging can prove their value, and what lies ahead for the future of imaging reimbursement and revenue.

Optimizing Clinical Effectiveness

The optimization of medical imaging to promote enterprise imaging contributes to more effective clinical processes, and as such can help promote better patient outcomes. Enhanced communication, more collaboration, and integration of more data into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) all contribute to improving patient experience and quality of care.

Imaging clinicians can use an integrated EMR to gain more context for each patient, resulting in more informed diagnoses. Non-imaging clinicians can have access to imaging data for a holistic view of patient health. Most importantly, departments can communicate electronically, instantaneously, and seamlessly. This level of coordination can reduce turnaround times and wait times, as well as improve diagnostic capabilities.

In this section you will see concrete, real-world examples of organizations improving clinical effectiveness through enterprise imaging solutions, along with reporting that takes a patient’s-eye view of how a more connected enterprise improves patient experience.