Complete, accurate patient information is the name of the game these days. But access to that information can be trickier for radiologists than other specialists.
An article from HealthIT.gov says patients receive better medical care when providers have full access to complete information and notes, and that the comprehensive picture provided by an EHR can help providers diagnose patients’ problems sooner.
Many organizations have struggled to integrate their PACS and EHR. That means the information needed to improve the quality and speed of a diagnosis is not easily available to the imaging clinician. He or she must separately log into the EHR in most cases wasting time. Not to mention the clinician may not be able to quickly find the needed information using a less-familiar system, may increase the potential for error.
In the years leading up to last year’s ICD-10 transition, there was plenty of planning, speculation, and hand-wringing throughout the industry. Making the switch seemed like a monumental challenge.
When ICD-10 went live in October 2015, though, it looked like a smooth transition. Barring a few hiccups, health care systems began to adapt.
But there are still challenges to overcome, issues that run deeper than just remembering to add the last two digits. Some issues with ICD-10 radiology codes in particular will take time and effort to resolve.
Editor’s Note: The following article by Dave Pearson is posted on imagingbiz.com and is reprinted here with permission.
A full year has gone by since 425-bed Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles went live with a new enterprise-wide EMR solution from Cerner. The hospital likes what it’s seeing, but as capable as the system is for most departments, its cardiovascular reporting modules have not shown to be as versatile nor as precise as those in the McKesson CVIS, Northridge’s CardioVascular Center has been using since 2006.
Editor’s Note: The following article by Evan Godt is posted on imagingbiz.com and is reprinted here with permission.
Image: Marty Khatib, JD, RT
Things are a bit complicated in healthcare, to say the least.
Whether it’s additional regulations, a competitive market or changing patient demographics, care delivery is becoming more complex every year. Thankfully, the tools to help physicians deal with the challenges have also evolved.
Marty Khatib, JD, RT, is keenly aware of the demands facing medical imaging as the director of imaging services at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and functional lead for hospital imaging in Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento, Calif., service area. He notes that today’s dynamic environment can only be navigated with the right people and technology.
The current state of the healthcare industry can best be summed up by the late, great David Bowie in one word: “Ch-ch-ch-changes.”
The ICD-10 changeover went smoothly — until it didn’t, and health care systems are challenged to stay efficient while accurately implementing the new codes. Outcome-based revenue models require a new level of comprehensive health management. VNA solutions offer the promise of greater efficiency, streamlined workflows and better outcomes, but with a learning curve.
All of these changes — even with the challenges they present — offer great promise for a better-functioning health care system in the future.