More Data Does Not Equal Actionable Intelligence


Healthcare IT data for radiology“Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” With apologies to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” many radiologists today struggle with a similar problem. While trying to find nuggets of useful information within EMRs, many may be saying to themselves, “Data, data, everywhere, nor anywhere to look.”

Consider for a moment the positive strides in information technology and imaging that have occurred over the past several years. Clinicians in all departments have magnitudes more data at their fingertips to help them make better decisions. But having all of the information in the world and not being able to find the one specific piece you need to make a concrete diagnosis is like being stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean and needing a glass of water to drink.

Silos, Silos, Everywhere
Despite the recent industry movement away from fee-for-service in favor of value-based and risk-based reimbursement models, the silos that separate departments largely remain. Take Radiology, for instance. How integrated is your PACS with the EMR? If it is integrated, how hard is it to extract useful information that helps radiologists within their normal workflows?

As technology progresses, our ability to collect and store data about patients and their health has increased. The problem is that as we collect more and more data, we haven’t figured out how to effectively sort it and display it in a meaningful way. And because it’s not sorted properly, the sheer amount of information is overwhelming and less useful than if radiologists had a sub-set of that data available.

Effectively Bridging the Gaps
Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has called for a system that pulls relevant data from the silos that exist outside of Radiology, freeing the data, if you will, and allowing it to flow to the point of diagnosis. As the article points out, “Knowing the patient’s smoking history, family history, and history of other illnesses adds context to the patient’s condition and helps radiologists make more sensitive and specific interpretations.”

Conserus Imaging Fellow provides critical links among systems outside of Radiology to give diagnosticians the actionable information they need to make better, more informed decisions. Conserus Imaging Fellow gathers relevant patient data from information sources to present a patient record prominently alongside imaging data. The information gathered can be configured to change for different clinical scenarios, without the radiologist having to delve into yet another system and wade through expansive amounts of information. Imagine giving your radiologists the information they need most at the time that it is most critical, and what a difference that could make on patient outcomes.

Like a flagship at sea carrying the fleet’s admiral, Conserus Imaging Fellow helps to identify and display the most important information for each clinical case, within the regular reading workflow, to improve diagnosis and patient care.  For more information, visit our website or book a demonstration at one of our upcoming tradeshows.

Itai Galili is the Senior Product Manager for the Conserus Workflow Solutions at Change Healthcare. Itai has over 10 years of experience in product management and Health care IT, leading solutions in the Cardiology, Radiology and Enterprise Imaging Workflow domains.

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