How Enterprise Imaging Solutions Can Help Shorten Hospital Stays

Patient in a Hospital with PACSThe PACS of today has evolved significantly from where it started. Today’s PACS has the potential to bridge the radiology department to the rest of the healthcare enterprise, and to help optimize the efficiency of its users. With PACS a radiologist can have improved turnaround time on reports, collaborate with clinicians, and positively impact patient care. This is the goal of all healthcare organizations: to drive better patient outcomes. To this end, today’s PACS is more than just a departmental image archiving system; it’s a leading-edge enterprise imaging solution.

 

What CEOs Need to Know about the Business of Diagnostic Imaging

Imaging makes significant contributions to a health system’s success in many different areas, including but not limited to: revenue generation; patient satisfaction; costs for services (both within the imaging department and across the wider care team; e.g. Emergency Department wait times); population health management; and patient outcomes. However, imaging leaders are frequently not involved in broader health system strategic discussions and are not exposed to the key health system metrics and reimbursement details.

Lea Halim, Senior Consultant of the Imaging Performance Partnership, recently published an analysis of what CEOs need to know about imaging services in order to help explain why and how imaging leaders should be involved in strategic planning and decisions for the health system. Here are four key takeaways from her findings:

 

HIMSS 2017: Women in Healthcare IT

From politics to playing fields, there is growing emphasis on gender equity and balanced perspectives in every field, and healthcare IT is no exception. For the third consecutive year, the 2017 HIMSS conference included a series of sessions focused specifically on Women in Healthcare IT. Cindy Hardin, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Ann McNulty, Director of Product Management attended several of these sessions in Orlando and shared their thoughts below:

You attended the panel entitled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons for Aspiring Female Executives”. What part of the panelists’ experience resonated most closely with your personal experience?

Cindy Hardin:

 

What Radiologists Should Know about Breast Density

The American Cancer Society’s guidelines call for annual mammograms for women starting at age 45. While these screenings can increase the odds of successful treatment, early and accurate diagnosis is often made more difficult by the challenges stemming from accurately classifying breast density.

With the increasing conversation around the topic, imaging clinicians and researchers alike are tasked to determine which imaging methods are most effective for dense breasts, and how best to treat patients with higher breast density. To add a layer of complexity, many states have passed laws mandating density notification.

 

North Mississippi Medical Center Benefits From Data Consolidation and Interoperability Across the Cardiovascular Service Line

North Mississippi Medical CenterDealing with multiple medical systems while evaluating and treating patients, “drives doctors nuts because that’s not why they got into medicine,” says Dr. Barry Bertolet. Any simplification in the process would be welcome and streamlining the process to the point doctors can spend more time with patients would top any physician’s wish list.

Bertolet, FACC, who works at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said that McKesson Cardiology™ fits the bill. Bertolet spoke during a recent webinar sponsored by DAIC and McKesson on data consolidation and interoperability across the cardiovascular service line at North Mississippi Health Services, which serves 24 counties in north Mississippi and northwest Alabama.

 



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