There’s been a great deal of talk about the role of radiology in value-based care (and likely to be a lot more). But because there’s so much information out there, figuring out where we stand right now can be challenging.
In other words, are we headed in the right direction and, if so, what more should we be doing to get to the next stage in value-based care—the one where no one questions the value of radiology in healthcare.
Here are the top three ways radiology can add value right now.
Editor’s Note: This article by Kayt Sukel appears in Healthcare Informatics Technology Insight Series and is reprinted here with permission.
Digital storage has become — and will remain — one of healthcare’s biggest information technology challenges. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 600 million imaging procedures, including CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, and MRIs, are performed each year in the United States alone. And as imaging technology makes new gains, allowing for higher resolution, three-dimensional, and live-action views, those image files are expanding. So much so, AT&T Inc.’s ForHealth Group estimates that image archives are growing by approximately 40 percent each year.
How can interoperability help radiology imaging software leaders achieve value-based care? If the right approach is taken when managing your imaging workflows, you won’t need to sacrifice quality for cost. Instead, quality could be the means to achieve cost reductions.
Tomer Levy, McKesson’s General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure, addressed this question at this year’s InSight Annual Conference. Levy looked to demonstrate how interoperability helps connect a multidisciplinary care team across the continuum of care to help increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes.
Levy’s assessment focuses on four key factors that allow interoperability to drive toward value-based care and benefit your entire health system:
Every healthcare leader understands the immense cost of data breaches. Understandably, CIOs and security directors are increasingly concerned about data security. How can the right vendor neutral archive (VNA), allow these leaders to sleep easier at night knowing their data is secure?
Jonathan Carr, Business Development & Channel Manager at McKesson, notes that the centralized nature of a VNA provides the best opportunity for healthcare data protection.
“When you have a VNA, you basically have a centralized inventory of all your data assets in one system,” Carr said. Such an inventory can be used to help consolidate your data under a seamless encryption system.
Whether you crave immediate results from IT investments or love to get ahead of a curve, we’ve got points for consideration on integrating your organization’s cardiovascular information system (CVIS) with your vendor neutral archive (VNA).
Let’s talk about the practical side of integration, the part where you get near-instant gratification. First, if your organization has purchased a VNA, you want to leverage that investment. Connecting the CVIS to the VNA creates opportunities for more efficient storage asset management and reduction in administrative overhead. Most VNA systems today offer image management capabilities that are superior to most CVIS systems. Put simply, it doesn’t make much sense to have a central image repository and store cardiology images in a separate system.