How an Effective Radiology Information System Improves Efficiency

2012-01-20
 

Radiology information system - RISA comprehensive radiology information system (RIS) can make a medical imaging workplace much more efficient.

That’s one of the conclusions of Ramin Khorasani, a radiologist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in a recent Journal of the American College of Radiology article.

Khorasani argues that articulating well thought-out imaging protocols can reduce unnecessary follow-up medical imaging by facilitating improvement in initial diagnoses. One key to good protocols, he says, is good IT – and that includes an RIS.

Khorasani makes a few specific recommendations for improving protocols:

  • Make EHR information easily available and digestible to radiologists. This means highlighting the information that radiologists need, such as actual and potential allergies to medications like contrasting agents. Along similar lines, he advocates for…
  • Digital ordering of medications. Internal checks enable a program to “red flag” a potential dosage error or improper medication.
  • Provide decision support tools that facilitate the collection of clinically-based evidence for recommended procedures and identify ways to prevent the need for further imaging.
  • Only present data relevant to radiologists so that they don’t have to scroll down or go to new screens to get the information they are likely to need.

An RIS – integrated with a PACS and an EHR – helps make the above a reality for medical imaging professionals. By managing the huge amount of information necessary for high-quality patient care and streamlining processing like billing, an RIS helps radiologists and other physicians focus on patients instead of paperwork.

Information from a HealthImaging.com article was used in this post.

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