AHRA 2017: Strong Leadership Advances Improved Patient Care

Leadership in healthcare was a pervasive theme at annual conference

Healthcare administrators from around the country attended The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting this month. Multiple learning sessions were offered for attendees to join and listen to their peers. A common theme throughout the sessions was the importance of leadership.

Chris Blackmore delivered the AHRA keynote combining humor, magic, and healthcare. He explained the importance of good leadership allowing team members to act, instead of react. He also made the connection that when managers provide knowledge, they also provide encouragement. Blackmore left attendees with this call to action: “If not me, who?” Leaders need to inspire their teams and set an example for them. If they won’t do it, who will?Leadership concept with rocket on chalkboard background

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) shared how they are putting leadership in healthcare in action. Eric B LoMonaco BS, CRA, RT(T), spoke about achieving 24/7 excellence in healthcare. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires hospitals to provide patients with the opportunity to complete a Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #28: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Increasing visibility of radiology and decreasing errors are in the news

This week’s articles include: an update to the radiologist patient-facing dataset; strategies on how to avoid errors in radiology; an approach to increasing public awareness of radiology; information on how to manage radiation dose in pediatric imaging; and results of imaging studies that provide clues about where Parkinson’s disease originates.

Neiman Institute updates the radiologist patient-facing dataset – Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute has updated the radiologist patient-facing dataset with 2015 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. This free resource allows radiologists to determine if they would be designated as patient-facing by CMS, which affects merit-based incentive system (MIPS) participation. The tool also allows practices to look up all the radiologists in their practice to determine if they are likely to be exempt under the MIPS group reporting option.Radiologist reading image Continue reading

AHRA 2017: Bringing Disney’s Magic of Customer Service to Radiology

AHRA keynote: practical takeaways for imaging leaders

In the shadow of Disneyland, nearly 1,000 attendees at the 2017 AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management annual meeting, kicked off the week in Anaheim with a keynote from entertainer Chris Blackmore.  Combining humor and magic, Chris translated Disney’s famously successful customer service approach to practical takeaways for imaging leaders.

Radiology directors and imaging managers today are faced with managing lower reimbursement, volatile legislation, and stiff competition. It’s a lot to navigate, and the stakes are high. Chris urged attendees to realize that one of the few things they can control in the response to these pressures is delivering an outstanding patient experience.AHRA attendees at keynote

It is easy to focus on the day-to-day management of the radiology department – patient throughput, equipment utilization, and cost controls. But an outstanding patient experience will help your facility meet patient satisfaction goals tied to value-based care reimbursement models, and attract and retain referrals and patients in consumerized-healthcare environments. It will also help you truly offer the patient-centered care we all aspire to. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #27: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Better communications between radiologists and referring physicians can lead to better care

Man kneeling while looking at x-ray

This week’s articles include: smoothing communication barriers between radiologists and referring physicians can lead to better care; the 2018 QPP proposed rule eases burden on small and rural practices; many medical specialists are thinking about population health management; the dos and don’ts of hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros; and a new study reveals longer follow-up times for Asian-American women after abnormal mammograms.

Greasing radiologist/referring physician communication leads to better reads – Health Imaging

Smoothing barriers that impede radiologist/referring physician communication can lead to better care through improved timeliness and more nuanced interpretations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Difficulties in reaching referring physicians are among the most common workflow disruptions cited by radiologists, according to a 2015 study. Continue reading

Australian Cancer Centre Improves Quality of Patient Care & Productivity

Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform supports high volume and workflow efficiencies critical to cancer patient care

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education, and treatment centres. We strive to provide world-class patient care. Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform is helping us achieve our goal by increasing collaboration and efficiency which in turn improve the timeliness of patient management decisions by treating clinicians.

My colleague, Dr. Kwang Chin, Peter MacCallum’s Head of Interventional Radiology, Deputy Director, Radiology, reports that, “The functionality and speed of Carestream’s Platform has improved the collaboration and efficiency of multi-disciplinary meetings where decisions regarding patient treatment paths are made.”

Our centres perform approximately 60,000 examinations per year across every imaging modality, and this number continues to grow. With such a world-class level of healthcare service, we require equipment that ensures the most efficient reporting and turnaround times for patient imaging. Continue reading

Guess the X-ray: July Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?


Happy July! We are at the halfway mark for 2017, and of course with every new month comes a new “Guess the X-ray Image Challenge!”  We welcome radiologists, technologists, RAs, MDs, PAs – or anyone who thinks they’re up to the challenge – to guess the subject in this X-ray. Please leave your answer in the comment section below or on our Facebook page. The challenge will stop at the end of the month.

Congratulations to those who correctly guessed the June image challenge!  The correct answer was — a calculator!

Happy guessing and good luck!



Diagnostic Reading #26: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Quidditch and patient portals are in the news

Radiologist reading image

This week’s articles include: real and surprisingly common sports injuries from quidditch; the continued debate over mammography and possible breast cancer overdiagnoses; improving patient portals with Healthfinder.gov; radiology and the future of home reporting; and new report says healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches.

Harry Potter is not the only injured quidditch player – AuntMinnieEurope

The Harry Potter-inspired game of quidditch results in real and surprisingly common injuries, according to researchers. At the recent U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC), researchers recommended that quidditch players should consider wearing protective helmets and gloves. Qualitative surveys and interviews have shown head and neck injuries, as well as injured collarbones and fingers, to be among the most frequent problems. Continue reading

Carestream’s Continuing Leadership in CT Research

We’re Collaborating with CurveBeam to Support a Special Scientific Event at AOFAS

WBCT Scientific Session July 12

As part of our ongoing mission to lead the way in CT research and education, Carestream has teamed up with CurveBeam to promote a session of the Weight-bearing CT International Study Group (WBCT) at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) annual meeting in Seattle, WA.

WBCT is dedicated to facilitating dialog and collaboration regarding weight-bearing CT initiatives, as well as developing standardized protocols for CT measurements and analysis. Carestream’s shared goal with CurveBeam in this effort is to help spread the word regarding the value of this new imaging modality among orthopaedic specialists.

Weight-bearing CT is an up-and-coming diagnostic technology, and Carestream’s OnSight 3D Extremity System is a case in point. It’s a state-of-the-art solution that provides 3D X-rays, giving doctors a far more comprehensive view of injuries than that provided by traditional 2D X-rays. Even more important, while most imaging exams are performed with the patient lying down or seated, the OnSight System captures images of leg or ankle injuries with the patient standing or placing some weight on the limb.

This means physicians are able to see the nature of the injury as it appears when the leg is actually being used – allowing a more extensive understanding of an injury’s scope and how to treat it.

The WBCT Study Session will outline some of the most up-to-date thinking on weight-bearing CBCT from the following speakers:

  • Mark Easley, Duke Orthopaedics, Durham, NC
  • Lew Schon, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Francois Lintz of Clinique de L’Union, Toulouse, France
  • Cesar de Cesar Netto, University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Dr. Martinus Richter, Krankenhaus Rummelsberg, Rummelsberg, Germany

Register today!

Scientific Session on Weight Bearing CT

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hyatt Olive 8, Seattle, WA

Space is limited. Make your reservation for this dynamic session today!

Visit https://www.wbctstudygroup.com/

Don Thompson is Carestream Health’s Marketing Director for the Onsight 3D Extremity System in the United States and Canada. #AOFAS17  #conebeam


Diagnostic Reading #25: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

“Dirty data” and precision medicine make news

patient holding DRX digital radiography X-ray detector over one knee

This week’s articles include: dirty data wanted for research; a blockchain distributed database might be viable for management of decentralized data; a three-modality molecular imaging system can detect certain types of atherosclerotic plaque that are more prone to rupture; technology leaders rate the state of precision medicine as a three on a scale of one to 10; and a new NIH precision medicine program wants 1 million plus participants to donate data as part of a genomics initiative.

Wanted: more data, the dirtier the better – Scientific American

Purvesh Khatri, a computational immunologist at Stanford University, has adopted a new approach to genomic discovery that calls for scouring public repositories for data collected at different hospitals on different populations with different methods. If a signal sticks around despite the heterogeneity of the samples, you can bet you’ve actually found something, according to Khatri.   Continue reading

UI Health Care’s Enterprise Imaging Roadmap

Image enabling the EHR to create a more holistic patient health record

At University of Iowa Health Care, we believe that clinical images should be as accessible to our doctors, referring physicians, and our patients as their clinical documentation and lab reports. This important milestone is the next stop on our enterprise imaging roadmap.

UI Health Care (UIHC) has consistently been a leader in interoperability with a goal of sharing information with patients and clinicians. For seven consecutive years, we earned the “Most Wired Hospitals” designation from Hospitals and Health Networks magazine for being among the top 100 hospitals in the country that are making the most progress in the adoption of health IT. We have also been a HIMSS Stage 7 hospital for inpatient and ambulatory since 2010.doctor working on ipad

Our success with electronic image sharing is due to several essential factors: strong leadership and defined governance; a close collaboration among radiology engineering, radiology leadership, clinicians, and information technology; and a close relationship with vendors like Carestream Health that provide the innovative technology that enables image sharing. Continue reading