Radiology Roundup: Insights on Emerging Trends

Radiologist Pointing to X-Ray of Hip Joint Radiology has proven to be resilient as it adapts to new technologies, payment models and other trends changing the profession. Staying in front of these trends is essential for leaders, as they help the profession position itself for the future.

In this roundup, a range of insights, opinions and perspectives are shared on existing and emerging trends. Two separate surveys look at patient interactions with radiologists from the patient’s perspective and the radiologist’s. Each confirms that patient consults are valuable, and both identify barriers such as physician proximity to workload volume.


Five Trends that Will Shape Radiology in 2018

Radiology Technician Reads a Scan2017 was an eventful year for radiology leaders. The rollout of MIPS and MACRA challenged radiologists to prove value and deal with new procedures for reporting and reimbursement. Staffing shortages meant that many radiology departments had to do more with less. And hovering over the entire industry was the promise — and uncertainty — of artificial intelligence.

Throughout the year, our team has kept an ear to the conversations happening in our industry. We attended and hosted webinars, listened at conventions, and kept abreast of the latest research. Based on that experience, we have identified the trends that kept radiologists talking this year — the trends most likely to shape radiology in the coming year.


Beyond the Repository: Clinical Benefits of a VNA

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 Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Talk Blog in 2017

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.


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

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.