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5 Ways Enterprise Imaging is Like Game of Thrones

game-of-thrones

Game of Thrones® fans are widely anticipating the start of the series’ fourth season. Despite the intrigue, back stabbing, and the fact that the bad guys seem to keep winning, there are five ways that enterprise medical imaging is like this hit series — minus the armor, sword fighting and torment .

Mountains of E-Work | How to Better Manage Healthcare Workflow

healthcare-workflowTechnological advances aim to make our lives easier, but sometimes our main applications of technology as healthcare professionals – like filing, storing, and documenting data – seem to get more complicated each passing year. At work, medical providers certainly face challenging amounts of documentation that impede healthcare workflow—or should we say overflow?

At this year’s ACC.14, we’ll be talking about the challenges and strategies around managing healthcare workflow . We know it’s a concern.

Does a Test Follow Medical Imaging Appropriateness Criteria?

Is this Medical Imaging Study Appropriate or Not?

Does Your Test Follow Medical Imaging Appropriateness Criteria?

Advancements in medical imaging systems make it possible for doctors to see things from different perspectives and with greater clarity. These medical imaging solutions can provide early and more accurate diagnoses. But is the medical imaging scan appropriate and necessary?

In the early 1990s, the AmericanCollege of Radiology (ACR) recognized the need to define national guidelines for appropriate use of medical imaging software and technologies. During testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in 1993, K.K. Wallace, MD (former chair of ACR Board of Chancellors) stated that the ACR was ready to create guidelines for radiology to eliminate inappropriate utilization of radiologic services. An ACR Task Force on Appropriateness Criteria soon created guidelines that became known as ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC).

Simplifying the Process of Integrating Medical Imaging Across the Enterprise

Radiologist Discussing Enterprise Medical Imaging Strategy

Enterprise medical imaging is being incorporated into more healthcare organizations which opens the door for healthcare IT professionals to play a strategic role in the enterprise medical imaging process. Smart players will take care to avoid a few pitfalls, according to Paul J. Chang, MD, vice chairman of radiology informatics at University of Chicago School of Medicine.

Enterprise medical imaging management is multifaceted, yet corporate IT departments want to simplify the process, Chang explained during an educational session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2013 meeting. Warning attendees against oversimplification, he then outlined tactics for integrating enterprise medical imaging into the archive. His commentary was reported on recently in Health Imaging.

Maintaining Control Over Medical Imaging by Demonstrating Value

Demonstrating Value of Medical Imaging Business Model

Demonstrating value in medical imaging was the topic of a recent Master’s of Radiology panel discussion as reported in FierceMedicalImaging. One radiologist argued that if radiologists just focused on providing clinical excellence and service to patients and referring clinicians, then the value proposition would become obvious.

David Larson, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, believes that understanding and improving the value provided to both patients and referring physicians is paramount, whether or not the “value” matches reimbursement levels.

Tracking Medical Imaging Data Using Dashboard Technology

Medical Imaging Software Dashboard Technology

Medical imaging software, with its dashboard technology, can be compared to a Formula One race car, according to authors of a new study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

“Not unlike a ‘beginner driver behind the wheel of a Formula One race car,’ today’s radiology system administrators sit at the controls of high-performance picture archiving and communication system (PACS), but they do not have the effective and efficient tools to ‘drive’ them,” wrote lead author, Dr. Bahar Mansoori, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and colleagues.

Commandeering Medical Imaging Repositories

Radiologists of Tomorrow: True Medical Imaging Consultants

Patient Receiving MRI

Radiologists need to be better gatekeepers and medical imaging consultants. At least that’s what David C. Levin, MD is saying. Dr. Levin is professor emeritus of radiology and founder of the Center for Research on Utilization of Imaging Services (CRUISE) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He argues that radiologists need to take a more active role in assessing the appropriateness of medical imaging requests, instead of just automatically going ahead and doing the study.

“If there’s a request for an exam that isn’t the right one for the patient’s clinical condition, a radiologist should call the referring doctor and get it changed.”

Radiologists Talk Face-to-Face

 

Medical Imaging Talk, Face-to-Face

Just like talking with your neighbor over the fence, you build the best relationships face-to-face. Advancements in medical imaging technology, such as PACS, can minimize the face-to-face interaction between radiologists and referring physicians, according to a Health Imaging Hub article. However, a recent study demonstrated that communication between radiologists and clinicians was enhanced when using embedded reading rooms in their facilities.

Communication: The Closer the Better

Normalizing Medical Imaging Utilization with Decision Support

 

Medical Imaging Professional Considering Computerized Decision Support

Medical imaging usage has slowed down in the last six years due, in part, to declining reimbursements and increasing awareness of medical imaging overutilization. Many point to the recession as another cause behind the decline in diagnostic imaging expenses. The economic recovery could be the silver lining that establishes an upward trend.

As aging baby boomers require more care, and millions of people are added to insurance plans because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, imaging services will be in greater demand. However, it’s not usage alone that will contribute to an increase in studies ordered. Technology plays a part.

Digital Mammography Provides Radiologists Clearer Picture

Digital Mammogram

For most women having a mammogram, it can be difficult to determine whether the procedure is being conducted via traditional film mammogram or digital mammography. The procedure and appearance of the machine are the same; even the image output is similar.

If you’ve ever worked with celluloid film, you know that there are limitations to what you can actually see based on the quality of the negative. Many variables impact the image. The same is true with medical imaging. Film output vs. digital output has its limitations.