Accreditation for Cone Beam Orthopaedic Imaging: Answers to 7 Questions

Providers must be accredited by a CMS-approved organizationCarestream OnSight 3D Extremity System

The process for securing accreditation for Cone Beam CT orthopaedic imaging can be a bit confusing. However, it’s a necessary process. Any facility performing CT scans must obtain accreditation prior to receiving reimbursements from Medicare and many private payers.

The process for securing accreditation is worth it. Adding the capability for in-house cone beam CT exams can have major benefits for orthopaedic practices. It can help speed your workflow, boost your productivity, and support a higher standard of care. It can even help differentiate your practice from the competition.

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Building Orthopaedic Practice Revenue: Four Economic Models

Evaluating the economic impact of the OnSight 3D Extremity System

 

Before investing in a new piece of imaging equipment, orthopaedic practices need to understand the potential financial impact. Contribution to patient care is paramount; however, so is the potential to increase orthopaedic practice revenue.Chart showing financial impact

The Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System is a novel and relatively new Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanner designed for easy, day-to-day extremity evaluation in the orthopedic practice.  As this technology becomes more widely available, orthopedic practices need to understand the economic implications of owning this next generation clinical tool. Continue reading

Aunt Minnie Names OnSight 3D Extremity System ‘Best New Radiology Device’

Customer Input Drives Carestream’s Engineering Innovation

Carestream was proud to receive the Aunt Minnie award for Best New Radiology Device at RSNA16 in Chicago. The prestigious award was given to Carestream for our innovative OnSight 3D Extremity System that brings a new modality and clinical value to the orthopaedic market.

Andrew Hartmann, Carestream’s Vice President and General Manager for ultrasound and cone beam CT; and Jim Burns, Chief Technology Officer, X-ray Solutions at Carestream, sat down at RSNA16 to talk about what drives the company’s product innovation. The dominant themes: customer input and innovation.

Carestream spends considerable time interacting with customers to design and refine its products. Customers at RSNA commented on different features in the product that they had proposed during the design process.

Similarly, about 100 sonographers, physicians, radiologists, radiology administrators, and sonography students from throughout the world touched, prodded, and gave feedback on Carestream’s Touch Prime Ultrasound product throughout its development.

A second theme in the conversation was innovation. 3D cone beam is a new modality and Carestream is making it available to a new market segment: orthopaedic offices. By doing so, Carestream is broadening the possibilities for clinical collaboration and changing the clinical workflow. By moving the modality closer to the patient, it paves the way for an improved patient experience. CBCT imaging provides more information to the surgeon over 2D X-ray with the added convenience of potentially fewer office visits for the patient.

Customer input and smart engineering innovation: it’s an award-winning combination. Listen to the full conversation between Jim Burns and Andrew Hartmann.

Orthopaedic Practice: 4 Ways to Increase Revenue

In-house imaging provides orthopaedic practices with ancillary revenue stream

“Where you win or lose the game in a medical practice is on the revenue side of the balance sheet.”

Orthopaedic practices, like all medical practices, are feeling the pinch of increased costs, reimbursement pressure, and time-consuming administrative procedures. But on the positive side, there are many opportunities to increase revenue to make your orthopedic practice not only more Chart shows revenue increasingprofitable, but more efficient, for and more satisfying for your patients.

The AAOS created a useful 45-page guide, Enhancing Your Practices Revenue: Pearls and Pitfalls (A Primer for Orthopaedic Surgeons (1). It gives excellent recommendations for adding services, staff, and equipment that are likely to generate incremental revenue in an orthopedic practice.

These suggestions include Non-Physician Extenders (NPEs) such as Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and Athletic Trainers (AT/ATCs), who can “increase physician productivity, patient satisfaction, quality of care, and physician revenue.” Another idea for ancillary revenue generation for orthopedic practices is to add non-surgical physicians who can provide coverage when the surgeon is in the OR. Urgent care centers are another opportunity to make use of your physical set-up and location to build revenue after hours or on weekends.

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Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System Gains FDA 510(k) Clearance

Aunt Minnie Selects OnSight Product as Finalist for “Best New Radiology Device”

Editor’s note: the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System was named the winner for Best New Radiology Device by Aunt Minnie in October!

September has been a big month for our CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System. The product received FDA 510(k) clearance and is available for order in the United States. It was also selected as a Finalist for “Best New Radiology Device”by Aunt Minnie. The publication chose the product in part because of the niche it fills – “a small CT scanner designed for extremity studies”.Carestream OnSight Aunt Minnie finalist

This affordable, compact system offers high-quality, lower-dose 3D imaging studies (compared to traditional CT) for use by orthopaedic and sports medicine practices, hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care facilities and other healthcare providers. The system also comes with 3D software from Carestream designed to give orthopedic specialists more information on pathology than what might be possible with 2D imaging.

The extremity imaging system can help in treating a host of orthopaedic conditions that affect the biomechanical behavior of the joints such as arthritis, meniscus loss, instability and malalignment syndromes. The system also offers less radiation than traditional CT systems while delivering excellent image quality.

A key feature of the product is its ability to capture weight-bearing images. Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo recently concluded a study, noting the benefit of weight-bearing images for orthopaedic patellofemoral diagnosis.

Orthopaedic imaging is a major focus for Carestream because of the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions among people of all ages. Youth and adults often suffer sports-related injuries to their knees, ankles and feet while older adults experience arthritis, joint instability, meniscus loss and other conditions.

Carestream’s new extremity imaging system enables healthcare providers to capture high-quality 3D images and conduct a patient consultation in a single visit—which helps improve productivity and convenience for both specialists and patients. An additional benefit is the ability for patients to view a 3D image that illustrates their condition or injury to help them understand the reason for a treatment or surgical procedure.

The OnSight 3D Extremity System will be demonstrated at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) conference that begins on Sept. 29.

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Editor note: In Europe, the device cannot be marketed or sold until compliant with 93/42/EEC.

 

Helen Titus

Helen Titus is the worldwide X-ray & Ultrasound Solutions Marketing Director at Carestream

The Role of Infrastructures, Imaging and Data in Personalized Healthcare

Carestream product capabilities support precision medicine

Access to, and analyses of, large databases of patient medical records, associated information, and content-rich Graphic depicting personalized medicineimagery are core mechanisms for identifying precisely defined subpopulations – and the personalization of healthcare. Progress toward the personalization of healthcare is made possible by defining patient subpopulations that reflect minimized variability with respect to the effectiveness and prognostic outlook for specific courses of treatment. The data about an individual patient can then be correlated with the treatments that produced the best results (together with the associated prognosis) for the subpopulation of patients and pathologies having similar characteristics. Healthcare IT infrastructures, high resolution 3D capture, functional imaging and data analytics represent key elements for the advancement of this paradigm.

Significant capabilities that support precision medicine are already available from Carestream. For example, Carestream Vue Connect and Carestream Vue for Vendor Neutral Archive, and Vue for Cloud-Based Services provide powerful platforms that allow access to (and storage of) the vast amounts of patient imagery and information. Such access facilitates initiatives in the area of big data analytics. Continue reading