Radiologists are experts at image interpretation, but diagnosing from images removes important context about the patient that may impact the final diagnosis or care plan recommendations. We know that Radiologists want patient data, which is why access is provided to the systems that store it such as the EMR or RIS. While this access technically may provide a solution for retrieving patient data, it’s not the best solution, as it still relies on a Radiologist to leave their current reading environment and seek out the information much like looking for a needle in the haystack. What we have learned with the evolution of value-based care is that we must provide this patient context to Radiologists within their current reading environment in a manner that is consistent and reliable.
This has proved to be an evasive goal for many vendors, who have continued to work down the route of increasing the integration points between a PACS and upstream patient information systems. The limitation to this approach is that you will only get the information that is pre-configured, and it will be the same for all patient studies. For example, you may have an integration that provides the date of birth and reason for admission, and if available that information will be in PACS for all imaging studies. But these integrations aren’t designed with any intelligence so for example it will not provide the information that a patient is a smoker specifically when they are having a chest CT; a Radiologist will have had to log into the EMR to see if this is the case.
Technology-Enabled Diagnosis Improvement
In an ideal world, relevant clinical information is presented to the radiologist at the time images are being viewed, within the reading workflow. The key here is that the information is contextually relevant within the patient’s case for the study that is being interpreted, and that it is presented in a logical, actionable way alongside the images. Conserus Imaging Fellow has been designed with this in mind. Based on the individual configurations of each site, Conserus Imaging Fellow will help wade through all the available patient information and present what is relevant for that case, providing Radiologists with more information than they have traditionally been exposed to within the PACS, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming and less useful. Information that can be displayed includes lab results, medications, problems lists, notes and pathology reports. Conserus Imaging Fellow helps highlight the data that matters, when it matters most to a Radiologist. By improving access to information, Conserus Imaging Fellow helps to put the right tools into the hands of the Radiologist to provide an accurate diagnosis and recommendations for treatment plans, which then elevates their role within the care team to help reinforce what value-based care is all about.
McKesson is bringing innovative and relevant technology like Conserus Imaging Fellow to diagnostic imaging to help their customers meet and improve their existing operations. To learn more about Conserus Imaging Fellow, visit our website or to schedule a demonstration of this software, catch us at one of our upcoming tradeshows.