In their August white paper, the Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) identified seven challenges to enterprise imaging. We summarized the first three in our previous post and discuss the remaining four challenges today.
1. Linking Reports to Images
The reports and documents associated with images provide crucial context, and the radiology reporting workflow and requirements are well understood. But in other departments, a “report” could refer to any text that should accompany the image, for example a note on an operative photo or a referral letter from a dermatologist. These documents need to be added to a patient’s record and associated with the correct image.
Enterprise imaging has the potential to transform the way health care professionals make diagnostic and treatment decisions. But before these benefits can be realized, there are significant challenges to overcome.
Earlier this year, the Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) collaborated to identify seven major challenges of enterprise imaging.
Today, we’re summarizing the first three challenges, as well as our thoughts on potential solutions, and we’ll follow up in our next post with the last four.
As radiology continues to evolve, we’ve seen significant shifts in operations in recent years. Radiology departments have always led the way in using information technology to address evolving problems. At McKesson we are enabling the progression of radiology operations in three ways:
1. Helping customers reduce IT complexity
2. Ensuring interoperability
3. Enabling active tracking of your operations
The need for a connected healthcare system and the reality of healthcare reform has fueled our progression toward a more interoperable existence. Many other industries have also experienced a technological “disruption,” but the overall complexity of healthcare, combined with a lack of widely-adopted standards, has made our journey a bit more arduous.
While we have been making great strides toward achieving true interoperability, barriers still remain.
How Can Imaging Departments Stay Relevant and Align Themselves with Hospital Goals? And How Can Workflow Optimization Help?
Editor’s Note: The following article recently ran in imagingBiz and is reprinted here with permission.
If radiology departments want to stay relevant and thrive in the U.S. healthcare industry’s shift from volume-to-value, they need to clearly demonstrate their contribution to the organization’s overall success. Imaging continues to play a critical role across the patient care continuum, and as hospitals redefine their own benchmarks, imaging departments must also find new ways to prove their value. “Outcomes and value are the new drivers in today’s market,” says Ran Rumianek, Executive Director of Workflow at McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. “To adapt, radiologists need solutions that help them manage their processes more intelligently and more efficiently.”