The ongoing transition to value-based care challenges healthcare providers to maximize their use of the ever-growing amount of digital patient data to deliver better outcomes. But the level of interoperability that’s required to connect various systems in order to leverage a patient’s information is one of many challenges for health systems. In February, at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, many of the sessions and exhibits discussed this aspect of the transition to value-based care.
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is placing a premium on creating a more integrated, accessible flow of data for patients’ episodic and post-acute care. Providers across the spectrum of care have an increased incentive to collaborate more effectively as patients move between specialties and settings. CMS believes that the models defined in the BPCI initiative may lead to higher quality and more coordinated care at a lower cost to Medicare.
The state of the art in cardiology is rapidly evolving. New imaging tools and techniques hold the promise of more effective intervention with less risk to the patient. Researchers are discovering new best practices for existing technology and creating standards that can lead to more consistent, higher-quality care — all while new research continues to push the boundaries of what is possible for diagnosis and treatment.
This month’s roundup of cardiology news highlights new procedures, new best practices, and breakthroughs in research.
Today’s value based care environment demands improvements in quality, interpretation and communication to deliver better outcomes for patients. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the impact intelligent workflow software can have on an individual’s patient journey, but today we’d like to highlight some of the ways automating workflow can help a radiologist.
Below are three specific ways workflow management can facilitate increased efficiency for radiologists in their daily work:
1. Critical Test Results Management
Every radiologist wants to expedite critical results. But without tools or a consistent workflow, departments can be forced to rely on manual workflows and human intervention, both of which make it difficult to close the communication loop.
The term “value” means different things to different people in medical imaging.
Technologists define value through the quality of the medical images acquired in diagnostic procedures. Radiologists view it as a contribution to patient care through the interpretation of images. For referring clinicians, value is in the diagnostic quality and efficiency of the radiology imaging services they receive. Patients see it in the timeliness of the imaging procedures as part of their treatments. CMIOs and executives, responsible for the efficiency, quality and overall business health of a diagnostic service, define it through clinical outcomes and productivity, reduced turnaround times and cost. IT staff is balancing these needs with accessibility, high availability and compliance with privacy and data security policies. With so many different interpretations, how does a health care enterprise define “the value of imaging?” And what will the future hold for “value” in 2017?