By 2010, healthcare facilities around the world had conducted 5 billion medical imaging studies, with many imaging departments compiling tens of thousands of images each year. Healthcare leaders might feel like miners hard at work to seek nuggets of value amidst all of this medical imaging data. Certain data you inspect can help you find gems that are useful for improving efficiency.
- Analyze Imaging Equipment Usage. Miners have specialized equipment to help them tunnel through the earth. Radiology departments can use medical imaging data to analyze how well their equipment is being utilized. Your specialized equipment — enterprise medical imaging software — includes dashboards that compile data on specific equipment usage by different time frames. The data includes what tests are ordered and where patient bottlenecks tend to occur and when. This can give leaders insight into areas of over- or under-use, especially when it’s time to invest in new equipment.
- Improve Radiology Personnel Utilization. Miners need to make sure they have adequate lighting so they can see what they’re doing and where they’re going down in the mines. Software can help radiology department managers shed light on a number of areas, including on whether more staff is needed at one facility or another. Rather than relying on anecdotal stories and personal opinion, medical imaging solutions can provide actual data about how imaging staff members are spending their time throughout the workday and highlight where there may be shortages in radiology departments or over staffing.
- Gain Predictive Insight into Trends. Miners have tools to use plus experience that helps them know where to dig for the best chance to strike a valuable vein. Hospital leaders can use medical imaging data with predictive tools to guide them on what action to take. Operational and quality scorecards provide a “story behind the numbers” to help radiology leaders have better clarity into their department. Software solutions can provide statistical and predictive analytics; standard scorecards, dashboards and reports; and other data from multiple sources for helpful analysis.
The ways in which healthcare organizations can use medical imaging data will continue to grow. “The new ways we collect, store and analyze data are all critical for having the information we need to identify problems and create solutions. Our goal is not to have dead data that sits on shelves but to make it come alive by using it to improve the public’s health,” says Farzad Mostashari, M.D., a healthcare data expert at the Brookings Institute, during an interview for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “That can’t be done on paper, but it can be done with electronic records which capture that data and allow providers to interact with the data.”
Although the number of images and massive amounts of medical imaging data may seem overwhelming, healthcare leaders can mine the data to find the gems within. Helpful data can give insight into what radiology equipment is being used, how radiology staff members are spending their time and provide predictive analysis.
For more conversation about healthcare data, check out the blog post “Enterprise Imaging: Is it Possible to Achieve Data Liquidity While Balancing Cost, Access and Quality?”