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The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part Two

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As healthcare continues to move toward value-based care, health systems need to break down silos to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Imaging departments who had relative autonomy in a volume based world, are now challenged to find better ways of sharing data and working across the enterprise.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the challenges facing radiology departments in a value-based world, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help health systems adapt. In part one of our coverage of the webinar, we focused on how workflow orchestration helps make the most of your technological and talent investments. Read on for part two of our key takeaways.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part One

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There’s a massive shakeup happening in the healthcare industry, and imaging departments are at the epicenter. The push toward bundled payments, value-based reimbursement, and enterprise imaging creates challenges that traditional radiology solutions aren’t equipped to address.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the current state of radiology workflow, how imaging departments need to adapt, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help. Read on for part one of our key takeaways.

The Top Workflow Challenges: Efficiency & Access

According to a recent survey of CHIME members, the top three reasons health systems invest in imaging IT solutions are:

 

Enterprise Imaging Workflows: Challenges & Opportunities

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Medical imaging isn’t always concentrated in traditional imaging departments anymore. Health systems are collecting images at various points in their patients’ journeys, and they need to store those images along with their associated data in a location that’s accessible to everyone.

To make these images useful to all clinicians in the health system, we must tackle the issue of incompatible workflows between different departments.

Here is a brief overview of the conflicting workflows that exist, and considerations for making images and their associated data more consistent.

 

ACR Annual Meeting Takeaways and Highlights from Laurie Bergeron

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Laurie Bergeron is a Product Manager focused on imaging workflow. One of her favorite ways to stay in touch with her customer base and the changing market is to leave her office and listen to her end users. She recently attended the Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiologists (ACR) to hear firsthand from radiologists, and she shared some highlights from the conference below:

What were the hottest discussion topics?

 

Survive the Looming Radiologist Physician Shortage with More Efficient Radiology Workflows

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Morgan Freeman once said, “As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.” While radiologists are not actors, the same can be said for the growth of radiology in the era of value-based care. With the number of imaging studies on the rise, and the added pressure of increased participation in patient care, radiologists are finding that they have more work to do, without the benefit of additional resources.

 

3 Ways to Use Workflow Management to Expand Your Reach Across the Enterprise

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Today’s value based care environment demands improvements in quality, interpretation and communication to deliver better outcomes for patients. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the impact intelligent workflow software can have on an individual’s patient journey, but today we’d like to highlight some of the ways  automating workflow can help a radiologist.

Below are three specific ways workflow management can facilitate increased efficiency for radiologists in their daily work:

1. Critical Test Results Management

Every radiologist wants to expedite critical results. But without tools or a consistent workflow, departments can be forced to rely on manual workflows and human intervention, both of which make it difficult to close the communication loop.

 

Advice from the Expert: Orchestrate Your Workflows for Quality and Efficiency

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Dr. Evan Kaminer describes Conserus Workflow IntelligenceFor radiology departments to go beyond imaging and stay relevant in the healthcare industry, they need to clearly demonstrate their contribution to the organization’s overall success. Imaging continues to play a critical role across the patient care continuum, and as hospitals redefine their own benchmarks, imaging departments must also find new ways to prove their value. Outcomes and value are the benchmarks in today’s environment and to achieve results in these areas, radiologists need solutions that help them manage their processes more intelligently and more efficiently.

 

Improving Workflows with McKesson Radiology™ Advanced Visualization: A 3D MR Success Story

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Tiron C.M. Pechet, MD

Tiron C.M. Pechet, MD

Radiologists operate in a fast-paced work environment, juggling a combination of tasks that includes interpreting studies, and calls from referring physicians. And as imaging volume rises while reim­bursements decline, individual special­ists are under more pressure than ever.

Reading 3D MR often means that ra­diologists must exit their PACS worksta­tions and use a separate program to view the 3D images; they waste precious min­utes waiting for those programs to load or navigating menus. But when 3D functionality is integrated into a radiologists’ everyday workflow, it can expedite the care process and limit many of those interruptions.

 

Focus Ahead on Radiology Workflow: Beyond Borders, Beyond Imaging

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The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 conference is history, but your need for automated, intelligent workflows in the transition to value-based care is very much front and center. The right focus can help take radiology beyond its traditional borders and even beyond imaging.

By putting intelligent imaging and radiology workflow management in place, your radiologists and their colleagues in the hospital and referring community have a clear path to better outcomes. This approach gives all of a patient’s care providers access to both data and images at the right time to help make accurate decisions about diagnosis and treatment even faster than before.

 

Conserus Helps UMass Improve Radiology Workflow and Efficiency

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Steven J. Baccei, MD

Steven J. Baccei, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care wanted to drive quality improvements within radiology services for its system of hospitals and clinics. By implementing Conserus Workflow Intelligence™, they were able to address quality and communication gaps that occurred from clinical, technical and financial standpoints.

An automated peer review workflow is helping drive quality improvements and peer learning. An effective and potentially lifesaving system is in place to communicate critical results with referring physicians. Interaction between the ED and radiology is streamlined through the use of central mailboxes that help ensure there are no unnecessary delays. And the workflow for billing and coding is improving revenue, while ensuring the system can effectively address audits.