At last week’s New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium, several radiologists shared their productivity wish lists for better patient care:
- More meaningful use information: During a live poll at the session, 60% of the attendees indicated that theyneeded more information to put a meaningful use strategy and plan in place. Dr. Dreyer of Massachusetts General Hospital shed some light on compliance requirements and provided some resources to help with this process.
- Easy patient and physician sharing: The ability to easily share images with the patient and referring physician is still elusive for many. One idea shared by Dr. Siddiqui of Johns Hopkins University challenged the audience to think about a system in which patients and doctors could privately exchange images “a la Facebook,” thus allowing them to comment on the results while maintaining a record of the “conversation.”
- Next-generation PACS: Dr. Siegel of University of Maryland School of Medicine presented a comprehensive wish list in his session that ranged from achievable wishes such as vendor neutral archiving to the more innovative idea of having the equivalent of IBM’s Watson as a “radiologist assistant” to help with diagnosis.
I always find the NYMIIS event extremely thought provoking, and the speed at which information and technology is advancing will soon make radiologists’ wishes a reality.
What’s on your radiology wish list?