Part 2 of 3: Some Practical Advice on Image Results and Meaningful Use Stage 2

Discover Stage 2 Meaningful Use Advice for Medical Practices from the Medical Imaging Talk Blog[Note: Read part 1 of this series here]

A Crash Course on Diagnostic Imaging Departments for the MU Team

If you already work in the radiology or cardiology department, you can skip this section and advance to the next one.

If you are a member of the Meaningful Use implementation team at your hospital, you are likely trying to figure out a lot of unfamiliar jargon coming from those nice folks in your imaging departments. Here is what you need to know to communicate with them on this topic.


Part 1 of 3: Some Practical Advice on Image Results and Meaningful Use Stage 2

Discover Meaningful Use Advice for Medical Practices from the Medical Imaging Talk Blog.This article will interest you if you live in the United States and are:

  • A radiology or cardiology professional who has been asked a bunch of questions filled with unfamiliar acronyms and words like “Image Results,” “170.314(a)(12),” and “MU2” by your hospital’s Meaningful Use team, or you are
  • On your hospital’s Meaningful Use team who just received blank stares when you asked your radiology department team to assist you with adding the “Image Results” to the objectives you can achieve.

Testing the PACS of the Future

PACS of the Future Are Being Tested Now Successfully—Learn the Latest from the Medical Imaging Talk Blog.An exciting event took place recently at the Microsoft Testing Labs in Washington State — McKesson Radiology™ v12.0 was tested with a 5 million exam load. It ran for 240 hours with no degradation in performance, no memory leaks, no runaway CPU usage and no bottlenecks.

The experiment was designed to examine how next-generation imaging solutions might emerge to take healthcare to the next level. Some are calling these systems PACS 3.0, and they aim to take radiology beyond the enterprise level. The scalability test is detailed in a new white paper, “Scalability Testing of the PACS for the Future: McKesson Radiology at Microsoft Labs.”


ICD-10 for Radiology Ramifications

ICD-10 for Radiology Ramifications from Medical Imaging Talk Blog When the new ICD-10 system is implemented on October 1, 2015, which is the most recent date set for its onset, many changes will accompany the transition, including a dramatic increase in the number of codes. The increase will be helpful to practitioners, including those in radiology, because it allows them to improve the specificity they use when documenting why a patient was seen and what care was given.


Enterprise Imaging: Is it Possible to Achieve Data Liquidity While Balancing Cost, Access and Quality? Or, What Does this Napkin Drawing Mean to Your Radiology Practice?

Healthcare Data Liquidity That Balances Cost, Access and Quality Is Possible from the Medical Imaging Talk Blog.Recently, McKesson sponsored a webinar featuring Applied Radiology Editorial Advisory Board member, Dr. Rasu B Shrestha, MD, MBA. The discussion focused on finding the right balance between the increasing pressures of efficiency, quality of patient care and healthcare data management; and how these are the challenges that enterprise medical imaging now faces. With a renewed focus on a holistic, patient-centric approach to care in medical imaging, the true “value” generated by imaging should then rightfully equate to the summation of superior outcomes, patient-centered care, and efficiency at lower costs.



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