enterprise imaging

HIMSS 2018 Preview: Security, Business Intelligence & Interoperability

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 A Large Crowd at a Trade Show

Technological breakthroughs are transforming healthcare, but whether that transformation improves patient care or not, is another matter. Figuring out how to leverage new technologies in a way that benefits patients is an ongoing challenge. It’s also a common theme at the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition March 5-9.


A Healthcare Minute: Developing an Enterprise Strategy [Video]

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Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on ITN website and is reprinted here with permission.


Many of the multiple and disparate information technologies that now handle patient data in consolidated health systems were initially implemented to serve distinctly different purposes. IHNs/IDNs “stuck” with these systems need a strategy that allows for an integrated but heterogeneous IT landscape, one that promotes patient welfare as it improves short- and long-term clinical performance.   This can be a tall order.  


A Healthcare Minute: Consolidating Healthcare IT Systems

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Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on ITN website and is reprinted here with permission.


Hospital consolidation is gaining momentum.  At the end of 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review predicted that this movement toward fewer but larger health systems would continue. Among the drivers are an increased focus on population health, disputes between payers and providers, and lower reimbursement.


A Healthcare Minute: Why Interoperability Is Crucial

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Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on ITN website and is reprinted here with permission.

Between 2010 and 2013, U.S. hospitals spent $47 billion annually on information technology (HIT), according to the American Hospital Association.  In 2014, nearly all (97 percent) of the hospitals tracked by the U.S. government possessed a certified electronic health records systems, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.  But, because patients use multiple providers in multiple locations and these locations may be in hospitals, physician offices, post-acute care facilities, pharmacies, retail clinics, labs and imaging facilities, it is difficult to put all the relevant medical information in the hands of those who need it.


Beyond the Repository: Clinical Benefits of a VNA

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Tablet Displaying Diagnostic ImagingA vendor neutral archive (VNA) can be more than an image repository. When implemented as part of an overall enterprise strategy, it can enhance workflow, increase productivity, and improve patient care.

An Enterprise imaging strategy integrates images and patient data and makes them accessible throughout a health system to any authorized user on any device. It incorporates workflows that allow users to consistently view, exchange, analyze, manage, and store, all the imaging and data across a healthcare system.


The Benefits of Bringing Context-Sensitive Data to Radiology Points of Care

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Radiologist examining scan images with added EMR contextInformation is the lifeblood of a health system. Access to relevant patient data from various systems can help guide diagnoses, increase efficiency, and even shorten inpatient stays.

The move towards enterprise imaging — making imaging data available seamlessly across a health system — is one way that health systems are seeking to achieve these goals. But providing relevant data to the radiology department is an ongoing challenge, and there’s still a great deal of progress left to be made. Fifty-eight percent of physicians say their EMR is hard to use. Even worse, 53% of radiology departments do not have PACS-EMR integration.

Access to context-sensitive, highly-relevant data is vital for radiologists in a connected, modern health system. We developed Imaging Fellow™ to make data access easy and efficient.


Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging [eBook]

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It’s an exciting time to be in radiology. Advances in enterprise imaging, artificial intelligence, data and analytics have the potential to transform patient care. With the right infrastructure, imaging scans and datasets can be accessed on any device at any time. In addition, health systems face the ongoing challenge of finding greater efficiencies while delivering top-quality care, as reimbursements decline and costs rise.

Let’s take this opportunity to look at how all of these factors are transforming our profession and what it takes to thrive in this rapidly evolving environment. To help guide hospitals, radiologists, and health IT leaders, Change Healthcare is proud to announce our latest interactive eBook: Enterprise Imaging Inspirations: How to Explore, Invent and Transform Diagnostic Imaging.


Let Enterprise Imaging Tell the Whole Patient Story

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Radiologist reviewing a brain scanEvery picture tells a story. That may be true. But when it comes to diagnostic imaging, one picture tells one aspect of the story. Radiologists and radiology departments need enterprise imaging to get the entire story. And only by getting the whole story can they create more value for clinicians, patients, and payers.

As radiologists attend educational sessions and keynote speeches and walk the massive exhibit halls at RSNA 2017, they will be hearing a lot about enterprise imaging. The concept is simple, but putting it together and making it work is a little more complex, albeit worth the effort.


Six Traits Radiologists Should Look for in an Imaging Technology Vendor

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Responsiveness. Transparency. Trust.

Ask consumers what they value most in a retail brand, and they’ll likely cite those three traits as reasons why they’ve done business with the brand for years.

It’s no different for vendors that maintain and service imaging equipment: technologies for health care providers, in general, and for radiologists and radiology departments specifically.

Radiologists evaluating vendors at RSNA 2017 should keep these traits in mind, especially when choosing a vendor to maintain the imaging equipment and technologies used to make life-saving decisions for patients.


Why Embracing Transparency is the Secret to Transformation in Enterprise Imaging

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Healthcare transformation is at the top of the agenda for all industry stakeholders. But the magnitude of this change varies from stakeholder to stakeholder. For many radiologists, radiology practices and radiology departments, transformation means a complete overhaul of how they’ve done things in the past, with that overhaul being driven by the power of transparency.

Consider three of the forces behind the push for healthcare transformation:

1. The transition from fee-for-service medicine to value-based reimbursement. This transition was occurring naturally until 2015, when Congress pushed the pedal by passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA formed the Quality Payment Program that’s causing a seismic shift in the way Medicare—and, subsequently, private payers—will reimburse physicians.