The Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Talk Blog in 2017


Doctor holding a Chest X-Ray Report on a Digital Tablet.We created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in important conversations taking place in radiology and healthcare. Looking back over the past year, 2017 saw a lot of discussion on the challenges of integrating imaging, patient data and analytics.

The conversation included developing more efficient workflows in the face of a potential shortage of radiologists. According to one physician placement firm, there are more radiology openings than applicants, and this gap is likely to grow as the population ages and more people need services.

Another popular topic was integrating imaging and patient data systems and the complexity of delivering a solution that creates both greater efficiencies and meets the unique imaging needs of different clinical teams.

Our readers came to the blog seeking analysis of these and other industry trends. Here are the five posts you visited the most in 2017.

1. Survive the Looming Radiologist Physician Shortage with More Efficient Radiology Workflows
Efficient workflows are more important than ever, with an apparent radiologist shortage expected to accelerate. Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician placement firm, reported there were twice as many radiology jobs than candidates in 2016. This pressure is expected to intensify due to an aging Baby Boomer population and a surge in Baby Boomer radiologists retiring. Faced with more demands than ever, radiologists can leverage technology to help streamline their work. One time-saver is automating communication tasks with other providers and departments.

Another streamlining step is to implement a system that merges electronic medical records with images from across departments. This will eliminate the need to constantly switch between applications and workstations. Combine analytics with a system like this to identify bottlenecks and find more opportunities to streamline and automate.

2. McKesson Technology Solutions is now Change Healthcare
McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), a leading global healthcare services and information technology company, and Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (CHC), a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services, joined forces in early 2017 to create a new healthcare information technology company. This post details what the merger means for our customers and the industry at large.

3. Marrying the EMR to Your Imaging Strategy
To gain a deeper understanding of our customers’ priorities and challenges integrating an EMR with imaging solutions, Change Healthcare hosted a focus group during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2017 annual meeting. Here we heard firsthand from a diverse group of senior health IT leaders about some of their priorities and challenges as they connect imaging systems across their enterprises. This post addresses the key challenges we discussed.

4. Insights from the Front Lines of Diagnostic Imaging
Change Healthcare’s “Future Proofing Healthcare Imaging Systems” webinar had several takeaways, including the importance of using vendors with a breadth and depth of solutions, a track record of vendor-neutrality and interoperability, a reliable services arm and advanced analytics. A survey of participating imaging leaders found:

  • 61% expect more than 20% of imaging procedures will not be reimbursed as fee-for-service in the next one to three years.
  • 55% said their system will move to the cloud in the next three to five years.
  • 33% said they have a population health team, but it has other immediate priorities than imaging.

5. Imaging in 2017: An Evolution in Value and Standards

There is a range of perspectives on what value means in medical imaging. However, what healthcare leaders do agree on is that true interoperability requires the exchange of image-related data that are relevant and contextual. As such, solid contextual and semantic interoperability is the first and most fundamental requirement to deliver the value of imaging today. Vendor neutral archives (VNA) are one way to enable this data exchange, yet more work needs to be done to integrate patient information systems like electronic medical records. Such advances facilitate radiologists’ role in better coordinated care and improved patient outcomes.

This year was busy in the world of medical imaging, and this coming year promises to be just as eventful, if not more so. To be effective today and positioned for future success, it’s important to stay up to speed on the latest imaging trends in healthcare. We aim to make the Medical Imaging Talk Blog a useful resource for our readers throughout the year. Thank you for reading, and please subscribe to the blog to stay in the conversation with us.

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