5 Steps to Achieve Interoperability in Your Healthcare Enterprise

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Healthcare’s digital transformation is progressing, but it’s far from complete. The lack of effective data sharing is becoming an urgent strategic issue for C-suite leaders, who need a complete data picture on patients in order to deliver value-based care.

New, voluntary data standards are beginning to make it easier to exchange data, but sharing data with legacy systems remains a challenge. Developing interoperability, where all partners and platforms can share data is essential.

So how do you achieve this? The infographic below illustrates the five steps that will help you accomplish interoperability for integrations and workflows.


A Healthcare Minute: Managing Human Factors [Video]

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


Human performance determines how well machines work.  This goes for any industry in which people work closely with machines and particularly advanced technology. In health IT, a good working relationship between human and technology can translate into improved quality of care, increased efficiency and, ultimately, fewer errors.


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

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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.


What Inquiring Radiologists Want to Know

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Radiologist examining scan imagesThe theme of RSNA 2017 is “Explore. Invent. Transform.” That theme may raise more questions than answers for the thousands of radiologists and other clinicians attending the conference and exhibition this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Anticipating some of the pressing questions that may be on the minds of attendees, Change Healthcare attempted to answer them by picking the brain of Patrick McLaughlin, M.D., the company’s new senior vice president and chief medical officer. Here’s what he had to say:

What industry trends are you seeing that will influence the next wave of healthcare IT?


Why Operators Should Be Standing by for Radiologists

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The theme of RSNA 2017 is “Explore. Invent. Transform.” Radiologists should explore why communicating imaging study results to referring physicians in a timely manner is often so difficult. But rather than inventing a new system to solve that challenge, radiologists should apply an old solution to eliminate an ongoing problem. That old solution, albeit upgraded and run on a state-of-the-art digital platform, is a centralized physician communication service.

Radiologists face three communication hurdles

Hidden from view for most patients is the daily challenge of getting in touch with referring providers and giving them the results from imaging tests they ordered for patients. The challenge is threefold:


Radiology Roundup: New Research, New Roles

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Technology and big data continue to gain momentum in medical imaging, expanding the potential for analytics to better equip radiologists in their work. At the same time, radiologists, who are often an unseen face in patient care, remain challenged by the need to prove their value to patients, to other physicians and healthcare administrators. It takes more than imaging analytics to deliver an accurate diagnosis, and radiologists are working to change public perception as they adapt to new technology.

This month’s roundup features new research and technology, as well as thought-provoking pieces on radiologists’ changing roles in the health system.


Six Ways to Improve Radiology Practice and Hospital Alignment

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Imaging clinicians working in a hospital settingFinding ways to strengthen physician-hospital alignment has never been more important as imaging services become increasingly commoditized and competition more intense. Radiology groups that remain complacent about ties with their hospital partners run the risk of being replaced. That’s why it is vital to regularly assess the health of the hospital-practice connection and constantly look for ways to improve it.


Why Is Color Increasingly Important for Breast Imaging?

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The answer: for the best diagnosis.

Reading mammography images has always required the highest resolution and brightest grayscale. Workflow today – and in the future – requires viewing  mammography images and supporting modalities such as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, Breast MRI and Breast Ultrasound together for the best diagnosis.  Many radiologists will order supplementary imaging exams to see additional detail and get a more holistic view of a patient’s condition, as noted in the graphic below.


The More Information, the Better: Giving Radiologists Additional Context Leads to Better Patient Care

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M. Elon Gale, MD

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

Daniel R. Gale, MD, and M. Elon Gale, MD, both worked in academics before they began working at Lowell General Hospital (LGH), a nonprofit community hospital in Lowell, Mass. And while the brothers both enjoyed their new practice, there was one thing they missed from the days of working with trainees: reviewing and interpreting each exam with a fellow with post-graduate training.


Radiologists, Meet Your EMR ‘Reference Librarian’

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

Jeffrey B. Mendel, MD, former Chair of Radiology and Chief of Radiology Informatics at, respectively, Tufts-affiliated St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, shares an anecdote.