To truly stay up-to-date on the latest developments in radiology, imaging clinicians need to follow two levels of discourse. First, there are the on-the-ground, day-to-day issues that arise in the practice, including breakthroughs in types of imaging and study results. Second, there are the bigger-picture discussions taking place in the profession as a whole.
This month’s roundup captures a snapshot of ongoing conversations on both levels. Read on to learn about challenges just on the horizon, ground-breaking studies, and discussions on governance and dosage-reduction campaigns.
A Tale of Two Patients: How Intelligent Radiology Workflow Can Help You Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction
In today’s value based care model, metrics that demonstrate value, performance and quality are undeniably important. Measuring things like the number of studies read each day, the average turnaround time and the number of high-priority reads in the queue helps us understand workflow and productivity.
A few months ago, we published a case study showing how Conserus Workflow Intelligence™ helped a health system improve their turnaround times by up to 50% between radiology and the ER, ICU, and labor and delivery. This data makes a compelling case for streamlined, automated, intelligent radiology workflow.
Successfully establishing and measuring quality in a health care system isn’t a singular event. You can’t achieve it, claim victory and then forget about it. Embedding a mindset of quality throughout a health care system is ultimately more powerful, but how is it possible to implement, let alone measure this intangible concept?
For Marlene Stodgell O’Grady, Director of Quality, Education and Safety at Alberta Health Services (AHS), a mindset of quality becomes possible in a culture that’s objective and focused on learning. She believes one way to foster this culture is through an anonymous peer review process, and during her work overseeing AHS’ regional quality system, she’s learned a few important lessons about what works and what doesn’t.
One of the ways you can assess the maturity of a health care system’s quality program is by its area of focus. Some programs are in place simply to meet legislative requirements or to “check the box”. But organizations that are striving to make quality an integral component of their transition to value-based care need systems that go well beyond the minimum requirements. Successful quality programs in a value-based care model don’t take a punitive approach, but instead focus on consistency, compliance and education. While an overall quality mindset encompasses much more than clinical radiology workflows, they’re one of the most obvious and logical places to start.
Now that you’ve decided you want to integrate and standardize imaging operations across your enterprise, it’s time to find a system and put it in place, right?
Before you can put an enterprise imaging system in place, you need to develop a strategic plan that meets your core business requirements. In other words, you must define what you want the system to do before you decide how it’s going to function. There are a few reasons to take this approach.