Radiologists, Meet Your EMR ‘Reference Librarian’

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.

 

4 Critical Factors in Determining Display Lifecycle (2017 Update)

Improving quality and patient safety, reducing costs and risks, and delivering faster and more accurate diagnosis to help improve patient satisfaction are just some of the challenges facing radiology today. Balancing the economic factors with patient-focused initiatives includes determining the lifespan of radiology display systems so that they maintain best diagnostic capabilities, while meeting other requirements, too.

What are the critical factors that determine the display lifecycle? Luminance, compliance, warranty and end-of-service all need to be compared and evaluated, and in the past, have been time-consuming, inefficient and potentially more costly than necessary. Data Analytics is now available to analyze current information, identify and assess compliance based on specific criteria, and project accurate lifecycle procurement planning.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part Two

As healthcare continues to move toward value-based care, health systems need to break down silos to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Imaging departments who had relative autonomy in a volume based world, are now challenged to find better ways of sharing data and working across the enterprise.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the challenges facing radiology departments in a value-based world, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help health systems adapt. In part one of our coverage of the webinar, we focused on how workflow orchestration helps make the most of your technological and talent investments. Read on for part two of our key takeaways.

 

The Benefits of Radiology Workflow Orchestration Solutions: Part One

There’s a massive shakeup happening in the healthcare industry, and imaging departments are at the epicenter. The push toward bundled payments, value-based reimbursement, and enterprise imaging creates challenges that traditional radiology solutions aren’t equipped to address.

In a recent AHRA webinar, Change Healthcare’s Itai Galili addressed the current state of radiology workflow, how imaging departments need to adapt, and how workflow orchestration solutions can help. Read on for part one of our key takeaways.

The Top Workflow Challenges: Efficiency & Access

According to a recent survey of CHIME members, the top three reasons health systems invest in imaging IT solutions are:

 

Clinical Context: The Missing Piece of Healthcare Interoperability

Healthcare interoperability is commonly perceived as a technical challenge.

And the technical components of interoperability are important. In healthcare, there is a diverse array of solutions that need to be linked in order to ensure that data captured on one system can be read on another, and legacy systems can be integrated into the new model.

But even with wise investments in the right technology, there remains one crucial piece of interoperability that is frequently overlooked: Clinical context. In our latest white paper, Interoperability As a Business Challenge: How Context Has Equaled Technology in Importance, we asked a panel of experts to shed light on the role context must play in a successful interoperability initiative.

 



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