The Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Talk Blog in 2017

Doctor holding a Chest X-Ray Report on a Digital Tablet.We created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in important conversations taking place in radiology and healthcare. Looking back over the past year, 2017 saw a lot of discussion on the challenges of integrating imaging, patient data and analytics.

The conversation included developing more efficient workflows in the face of a potential shortage of radiologists. According to one physician placement firm, there are more radiology openings than applicants, and this gap is likely to grow as the population ages and more people need services.


The Benefits of Bringing Context-Sensitive Data to Radiology Points of Care

Radiologist examining scan images with added EMR contextInformation is the lifeblood of a health system. Access to relevant patient data from various systems can help guide diagnoses, increase efficiency, and even shorten inpatient stays.

The move towards enterprise imaging — making imaging data available seamlessly across a health system — is one way that health systems are seeking to achieve these goals. But providing relevant data to the radiology department is an ongoing challenge, and there’s still a great deal of progress left to be made. Fifty-eight percent of physicians say their EMR is hard to use. Even worse, 53% of radiology departments do not have PACS-EMR integration.

Access to context-sensitive, highly-relevant data is vital for radiologists in a connected, modern health system. We developed Imaging Fellow™ to make data access easy and efficient.


Cardiology Roundup: Noninvasive Imaging Tests May Be Best

Cardiac imaging continues to transform the practice of medicine and improve patient care. Advancements in noninvasive diagnostic imaging can offer safer alternatives — if not outright replacements — for invasive procedures. That’s welcome news for patients and physicians alike.

In this roundup you will find a new imaging management algorithm to help determine which tests to use when diagnosing coronary artery disease. Other researchers detail how they address complex cardiac cases through 3D printing and computer aided design. You also will get a high-level picture of future payment models proposed by the American College of Cardiology and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. Read on to learn more about the continued evolution of cardiac imaging.


Why Change Management Is Crucial for Maximizing the Potential of Health IT Investment

Change Management FlowchartMost organizations fail at innovation because they fail at change.

Truly effective healthcare software has the power to transform your business processes, workflow and workplace for the better. Many of these software procurements are driven by IT and have the necessary support of clinical executives.

However, the only way the true, transformative power of your new software can be realized is through employee adoption of the new technologies and processes. Committed, comprehensive buy-in from all affected stakeholders is mandatory if your software investments are to gain traction and deliver benefits to the organization, the users and patients alike.


Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging [eBook]

It’s an exciting time to be in radiology. Advances in enterprise imaging, artificial intelligence, data and analytics have the potential to transform patient care. With the right infrastructure, imaging scans and datasets can be accessed on any device at any time. In addition, health systems face the ongoing challenge of finding greater efficiencies while delivering top-quality care, as reimbursements decline and costs rise.

Let’s take this opportunity to look at how all of these factors are transforming our profession and what it takes to thrive in this rapidly evolving environment. To help guide hospitals, radiologists, and health IT leaders, Change Healthcare is proud to announce our latest interactive eBook: Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging.