Five Secrets of Effective Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Programs

Healthcare IT team assessing BCDR programsHealthcare providers don’t have to look far or long to know their threat landscape is escalating. Natural disasters like the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, mass casualty situations like the shooting in Las Vegas or the bombing in Boston, and data breaches like those that hit Equifax and Yahoo are daily reminders of the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) capabilities.

 

Why Embracing Transparency is the Secret to Transformation in Enterprise Imaging

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.

 

Six Ways to Improve Radiology Practice and Hospital Alignment

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.

 

Health Leadership & Data Management Roundup: Transforming Healthcare

Modern healthcare is increasingly data-driven — each patient generates a mountain of data, as does each service provider and the organization as a whole. Making sense of that data and using it productively will be a major success factor in the continuing evolution of health systems.

Health leaders will be increasingly tasked to use data to guide their organizations to a more collaborative, more communicative, more patient-driven model. This month’s roundup focuses on the central challenges and opportunities health leaders face as they strategically shape the future of healthcare.

 1. Just 3% of Emergency Room Visits May Be Truly Avoidable, Study Suggests

 

Why Is Color Increasingly Important for Breast Imaging?

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.

 



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