Diagnostic Reading #30: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

AI’s influence on patient outcomes and phone interruptions to radiologists are in the news

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

This week’s articles include: dangers of phone interruptions for reading radiologists; use of AI can help physicians predict and improve patient outcomes; new heart imaging method might predict heart attacks; PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer’s; and HIMSS Europe joins with Health 2.0 to coordinate 2018 digital health conference in Europe.

Phone interruptions can increase discrepancies – AuntminnieEurope

Both radiologists and referrers are far too quick to accept telephone interruptions. Telephone calls are one of the most frequent interruptions to reporting, and a call during the hour before completing a report may increase the chance of discrepancies by 12 percent. A study found that interruptions occur alarmingly often. Continue reading

Medical Imaging Technology to Support Value-Based Care

The impact of switching from fee-for-service to VBC on your enterprise imaging strategy

Thierry Verstraete, Carestream Health

The shift from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based care (VBC) plays out in many ways throughout healthcare, including medical imaging technology. But because radiology has its own guiding principles, it is unique in its reaction to this shift.

“Imaging does not naturally fit into many of the outcomes-driven, value-based models,” said Dr. James Whitfill, addressing attendees at SIIM 2017.

Fortunately, new guidelines and technologies have emerged to help radiology support the shift to Value-Based Care.

Supporting standards for medical imaging studies

The use of standards of appropriateness for ordering imaging studies can be bolstered through decision-support systems for ordering advanced imaging studies such as CT, PET, and MRI. The systems can help weigh the risk factors involved in dose as well as the potential benefit of the study. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #29: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

New this week: the human role in AI and cybersecurity; sonographers’ role in the UKPicture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

This week’s articles include: artificial intelligence and the future of medicine; cybersecurity training strategies for employees; information technology tools assist daily radiology workflows; the increasing role of sonographers in the UK; and radiology residents lack training in patient communication.

Our health data—the most important medical discovery of our time – HIE Answers

Although the future of medicine includes artificial intelligence (AI), none of it will be possible unless we properly manage our medical data. Our own medical studies, pathology results, CAT scans, and lab values enable this medical revolution. This transformation in how we think about healthcare data poses many technical and ethical challenges. To enable breakthroughs, we must appropriately store, curate, and share immutable data.  Continue reading

AHRA 2017: Strong Leadership Advances Improved Patient Care

Leadership in healthcare was a pervasive theme at annual conference

Meghan Hayes, Carestream Health

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.Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph Continue reading

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

AHRA keynote: practical takeaways for imaging leaders

Erica Carenvale, Carestream Health

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

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

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 Buchanan, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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!