Beyond Imaging: Radiology’s Solutions for Patient-Centered Practices – McKesson Helps Protect Patients from Cyber Threats
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the Technical Exhibits Focus supplement to the RSNA Daily Bulletin and is reprinted here with permission.
The role of the radiologist in a patient-centered practice sounds simple: Get the right data to the right person at the right time to assure the patient gets the right treatment.
If only it were that easy.
Technology provides opportunities for interoperability that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago. However, increased interoperability can bring with it increased risks. Although more information can be shared over wider networks than ever before, those “cyber” affiliations carry with them cyber threats.
Artificial intelligence, value-based care and precision medicine dominate the talk and technology at this year’s RSNA meeting.
The late-November/early-December Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America typically serves as a harbinger of the issues that radiologists will be facing in the year ahead, and the 2016 edition of the RSNA meeting that just concluded in Chicago was no different.
Topping the list of imaging issues for radiologists and radiology departments across the country in the year ahead will be artificial intelligence, value-based care and precision medicine, based on the plenary session topics during the six-day meeting attended by nearly 50,000 radiologists, exhibitors and others.
Depth and Breadth of Imaging Solutions Provide Complete View of Individual Patients
If the word “value” dominated the conversation during RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting last week in Chicago, as my colleague Ashish Sant said in his earlier blog post from RSNA, the word “precision” wasn’t far behind.
Precision, of course, can be an adjective to describe the ability of new imaging technologies to detect even the smallest physiological changes within the human body. The exhibit halls here at RSNA were filled with medical equipment, devices, software and other technologies that take precision imaging to levels unimaginable just a few years ago. But the precision I’m talking about is the adjective attached to the word “medicine,” as in “precision medicine” with the question asked at RSNA being this: How can radiologists — equipped with the latest imaging technologies — support precision medicine?
Technical, Financial, and Clinical Innovations that Radiologists Can Leverage to Expand Their Role in Patient Care
It’s said you can’t improve something unless you measure it. When you apply that maxim to the theme of this year’s RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago — “Beyond Imaging: Maximizing Radiology’s Role in Patient Care” — improving the contribution radiologists and radiology departments make to high-value patient care starts with measuring — or defining — what exactly their role is. That’s particularly important as the industry transitions to one dominated by value-based care models.
Radiologists’ Role Expands with Value-Based Care
More than just new toys, new imaging technologies can help radiologists drive value-based care
Ask any of the nearly 49,000 registered attendees of this week’s RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago for one word that dominated the conversation during the first three days of the conference, and I would bet that word would be “value.”
As the industry transitions from one based on fee-for-service medicine to one dominated by value-based reimbursement models, the question threading through conversations from plenary session presenters to conversations at the coffee stand on the exhibit floor is this: How can radiologists drive more value out of the patient care experience? And they’re asking that question while surrounded by millions of dollars’ worth of the latest diagnostic imaging equipment available from around the world.