STAT Workflow Management: Workflow Isn’t Just for Radiology Part 2

We’ve discussed in previous posts how workflow orchestration can benefit patients and radiologists, and most recently, cardiologists. As diagnostic imaging needs continue to cross departmental boundaries, interoperable workflow management solutions can be used to bridge communication gaps. With a dynamic, intelligent worklist that crosses departments, studies can be assigned to the right person at the right time.

Every clinician wants to ensure that truly urgent studies are read quickly. But defining “urgent” can be problematic when there are manual processes in place and inconsistent rules. Both cardiology and radiology departments struggle with the tendency to mark every case STAT.

 

The Radiologist’s-Eye View on Remotely-Hosted PACS

Jeffrey Unger, MD

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the imagingbiz website and is reprinted here with permission.

While helping to steer 105-bed Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, toward a remotely hosted PACS solution, Jeffrey Unger, MD, repeatedly voiced one crucial concern: Would he and his fellow radiologists have to wait at their workstations, precious seconds ticking away, while PACS servers sitting hundreds of miles away processed massive datasets?

Five months after the hospital went live with the McKesson Radiology™ Remote Hosted PACS, Unger is happy to report that the answer is a big “no”— no waiting, no wondering, no discernible difference from the local PACS they’d been using for years.

 

Workflow Isn’t Just for Radiology (Part 1): TAVR Workflow Management

Intelligent Imaging Workflow

In an earlier post, we discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2016 approval for two TAVR devices for intermediate-risk aortic-stenosis patients.

These devices specifically target patients with at least a 3% STS-predicted risk of dying within 30 days of surgery. The FDA’s action followed the release, four months earlier, of intermediate-risk trial results that showed that TAVR was equal or superior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).

 

Becker’s Speaker Series: 4 questions with Nyack Hospital President and CEO, Mark Geller, MD

Mark Geller, MD, Nyack Hospital President & CEOEditor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the Becker’s Hospital Review website and is reprinted here with permission.

On Friday, September 22, Dr. Geller will speak on a panel at Becker’s Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference. As part of an ongoing series, Becker’s is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place September 21 through September 23 in Chicago.

To learn more about the conference and Dr. Geller’s session, click here.

Question: Looking at your IT budget, what is one item or expense that has surprised you in terms of ROI? How so?

 

5 Ways Radiology Can Support an Enterprise Imaging Initiative

As health systems look to provide more value in patient care while controlling costs, the shift to enterprise imaging has become a top priority. Because it expands communication and collaboration across the health system, enterprise imaging can directly contribute to value-based care.

It takes participation from stakeholders across the health system to successfully manage an enterprise imaging transition. But radiology departments should be leading the way. Your department has invaluable experience dealing with imaging, workflow, and managing imaging data once it’s captured.

 



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