Breach of patient records or ransomware attacks are a critical issue, and one that more organizations are paying attention to. According to new research from the Ponemon Institute, 89% of healthcare organizations and 60% of business associates have experienced a data breach in the past two years. The pace of breaches has not slowed and costs healthcare providers $6.2 billion each year. Criminal attacks are responsible for up to half of all healthcare data breaches, with the others being attributed to unintentional employee actions, third-party mistakes and stolen computer devices.
We’re in Your Corner
Editor’s Note: This article by Caitlin Wilson was recently published in Radiology Business Journal and is reprinted here with permission.
Peer review is a method doctors and health researchers use to hold the work of their whole industries accountable, including within the field of diagnostic radiology. But most interventional radiology practices don’t have similar standardized processes with which to verify work among radiologists.
In that absence, the interventional radiology department at UMass Memorial Medical Center was looking for a way to mimic its existing monthly morbidity and mortality meetings more frequently and formally.
Between increased emphasis on quality and the need for operational efficiency, the daily radiology workflow can be a challenge. That challenge is amplified when radiologists don’t have the right tools for the job. Simply put, there are too many clicks and too much paperwork. It should be easier. The good news is today, there are tools to help radiologists manage and automate their workflow. These tools automate workflows, allowing imaging professionals to maximize quality while maintaining efficiency.
Malcolm Gladwell calls it a tipping point and ONC’s Dr. Vindell Washington talks about inflection points, but what these concepts mean to health care are the same: real progress toward widespread interoperability.
At ONC’s annual meeting in May, Dr. Washington said the combination of technology, policy, and demand are changing the way we think about access to health information and the ways in which it can be used to improve care.
Each year, the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine holds an annual meeting. It’s a three-day convention dedicated to the cutting edge of diagnostic imaging, featuring presentations from expert clinicians, scientists, and health IT providers.
SIIM 2016 included three packed days of valuable programming. We sat down with three health care experts who attended and between them covered all the key trends and takeaways:
1. Don Dennison, Director-at-Large on the SIIM Board of Directors
2. Tomer Levy, General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure at McKesson
3. Ashish Sant, General Manager of Radiology at McKesson.