In a world of anywhere, anytime reading—who wins and who loses?

Dr. Roger Eng

Advanced PACS technology now equips radiologists to read exams anywhere, anytime.

This freedom breaks down the traditional paradigm in which local hospitals worked with local radiology groups. Now hospitals can contract with radiology and teleradiology groups located anywhere in the country, and these radiologists can work for hospitals across the nation. Radiologist productivity is greatly improved and radiology resources are available whenever and wherever they are needed.

Ultimately, modern PACS technology can help enhance the delivery of care through improved decision support, stronger communication tools, enhanced collaboration, and access to non-imaging patient information.

But how does the freedom created by remote reading change the way hospitals, radiology groups and teleradiology groups work together? Does this new playing field create winners and losers?

We can expect universal image availability to drive higher quality standards through increased competition. Radiology groups must do more than read images to earn the ability to serve local hospitals and physicians. They will need to do what many are already doing: 1) Carefully evaluating the imaging study in the context of patient’s clinical information derived from multiple sources including referring physician notes, HIS, EHR, lab data, and outside prior imaging exams; 2) developing close working relationships with clinicians that ultimately can enable better patient care; and 3) integrating themselves with the medical organizations and communities that they serve.

Competition among teleradiology and radiology groups will result in the strongest groups rising to the top and the weakest groups losing ground. So yes, there will be winners and losers. But I expect the outcome to be higher quality imaging consultation services, improved reporting times and more relevant care. Ultimately physicians and their patients will be better served. And that goal greatly outweighs the turf battles on the horizon.

So, what do you think? Is radiology becoming commoditized? And how does this affect your hospital or your radiology group?

Dr. Roger Eng:  President, Golden Gate Radiology Medical Group; Chief of Radiology, Chinese Hospital; Chief Medical Officer, Kona Healthcare

Meaningful Use in Radiology: Podcast with Dr. Keith Dreyer (Part III)

In Part III (final post) of our Meaningful Use in Radiology Series with Keith Dreyer, DO, Ph.D., FSIIM, Vice Chair of Radiology for Informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital, we discuss Dr. Dreyer’s predictions for how the MU discussion will evolve in the coming years, focusing on what CMS will likely incorporate into Stages 2 and 3 of its Meaningful Use criteria including clinical decision support, image sharing and structured reporting.

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Radiology Consultants Associated enhances productivity with DRX-Evolution

 

Mark Sevcik, Operations and Development Director, Radiology Consultants Associated (RCA)

 

Note to reader:  Carestream has installed the CARESTREAM DRX Family of products in facilities across the world.  In a series of posts, customers have agreed to share their experiences.

“The integrated, automated DRX-Evolution suite delivers enhanced productivity and positioning flexibility due to the DRX-1 detectors—and it is also much more cost effective than other DR systems we evaluated. It is an ideal solution because it can perform every type of imaging exam and will help our staff handle the anticipated expansion in referral volumes at our clinic.”

Mark Sevcik, Operations and Development Director, Radiology Consultants Associated

Memorial Hospital, York, PA Goes Wireless with CARESTREAM DRX System

Robin Wible, Director of Imaging at Memorial Hospital (York, PA) reflects on her facility’s experience with the CARESTREAM DRX Family of products. The 100 bed community hospital has transitioned their entire department to digital with the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, CARESTREAM DRX Evolution and, most recently, CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit. The radiology users at the hospital find that the flexibility and versatility of DRX Family saves money, saves time and improves the quality of patient care.