This week’s articles include: EHRs and HIEs lacking, and post-processing in radiology
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: radiology in the era of payment reform; making the most of EHRs is easier said than done; exposing reasons for the difficulties in connecting patient information; brain MRI might help diagnose vascular cognitive disorder; and post-processing can fix problems with contrast uptake without re-imaging patients.
Radiology in the era of payment reform – Diagnostic Imaging
The MACRA Act of 2015 is a quality payment program. Starting this year, there are two tracks for practices that bill Medicare patients: the advanced payment model and the merit-based incentive program. The statute recognizes two categories, patient facing and non-patient facing physicians. Many radiologists believe they are a patient-centered specialty; however there are advantages to the statute that classifies radiologists as non-patient facing. Continue reading
What is your cloud strategy for medical imaging? Two large hospitals see it differently
Cloud strategies for storing and accessing medical images across the enterprise are front and center in healthcare IT these days. The increasing sophistication of imaging technology has resulted in substantial increases in imaging data.
The upside of this evolution is that clinicians have more imaging information available to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The downside is that the vast increase in imaging data is putting pressure on provider data centers everywhere.
As storage requirements increase with every new modality, the cloud is no longer an optional part of your enterprise imaging strategy. It is rapidly becoming an essential component. Our new cloud strategies white paper shares the experiences of two different imaging providers with a cloud strategy. Continue reading
Algorithms, on-the-job-training, and confidence are topics in radiology this week
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: radiologists face pressure to consolidate; an algorithm can extract and characterize findings in radiology reports; a year of clinical practice dramatically improves competency among radiologists; The Journal of the ACR outlines reasons why radiologists should not hedge when there is certainty; and a new health management service charges $149 a month to tend to patients’ primary care needs.
Squeeze play: Radiologists face pressure to consolidate – Radiology Business
Radiology has consolidated at a slower pace than other specialties, but rapid advances in technology and a pressure to reduce costs have made joining a large physician practice group an attractive option for some radiologists. Additionally, as hospitals face higher standards for value-based reimbursement, they expect more from radiologist practice groups. Services such as subspecialty or 24/7 reads might be difficult for small groups to offer. Continue reading
Forbes healthcare predictions for 2017; rads less susceptible to vendor perks
Diagnostic Reading summary includes: Forbes healthcare predictions for 2017; can EHRs offer personalized care; why radiology is less susceptible to enticements from healthcare vendors; exercise might help men (but not women) stave off Alzheimer’s disease; and out with Obamacare and in with Trumpcare.
Seeing the future? 9 predictions in healthcare technology – Clinical Innovation+Technology (Forbes)
With the New Year comes a new load of predictions, from football to politics to medicine. A Forbes article by Reenita Das takes a look at healthcare technology. Whether it’s connecting patients to physicians, reconstructing the foundation of healthcare or the introduction of robots, Das believes this year will see the pros outweighing the cons. In her article, she discusses topics such as artificial intelligence, Apple’s operations in healthcare, and behavioral health. Continue reading
Health IT systems shift from record keeping to access that enables clinical collaboration
Until the middle of the last decade, the primary goal of the EMR/EHR was actually to capture information, not to provide access to it – impeding clinical collaboration. It was a reference for doctors—a way to capture patient notes. It has since evolved from an archival role to an active collaborative role, providing access to reports, records, and images for all stakeholders involved in patient care.
Availability of a useful, problem-focused medical record
The idea for a comprehensive, organized medical record was pioneered by Dr. Larry Weed in 1956, but it didn’t become well accepted in the U.S. until after 1968. Dr. Weed—known as the father of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (PMD)—described the concept in his often cited NEJM articles.
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In the news: medical devices might pose HIT risk; increase in radiology jobs
Articles include: medical devices offer risks for authorized access; ACR projects 16% job growth for radiologists in 2016; Stanford’s radiology department uses patient input to improve processes; FDA issued updated requirements
regarding 510(k) submissions for medical devices and software changes; and RSNA teams with The Sequoia Project to support the electronic exchange of medical images and related diagnostic reports.
Medical devices offer new risks for network access – Health Data Management
Hospitals typically have hundreds of medical devices, which represent an easy gateway for hackers. Newer medical devices might be more robust in the types and amounts of data they collect, and they might connect not only to the core network but also through Wi-Fi networks. A security consulting firm recommends healthcare facilities use “network segmentation,” so that devices are linked to a separate network.
ACR projects 16% job growth for radiologists in 2016 – Auntminnie
The number of new jobs available for radiologists in 2016 will be 16% higher than those available in 2015, according to the fifth annual workforce survey by the Commission on Human Resources at the American College of Radiology (ACR). The study was published online August 3 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Continue reading
As healthcare organizations plan for the future growth and integration of clinical data into their IT ecosystems, it’s crucial to start with clearly defining the functional requirements that span the needs of users across the enterprise. Why? Because well-defined functional requirements specify exactly what IT systems need to accomplish in each department and across the healthcare organization, and delineate the metrics for success. Also, functional requirements help frame the core questions posed in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or tenders and define for vendors the capabilities that must be provided to advance interoperability and accessibility. Lastly, if your organization wants to plan for growth and change, functional requirements define the standards that must be met to ensure future compatibility and minimize disruption.
This white paper provides an overview of the key functional requirements that must be built around four distinct modules:
- Data capture and ingestion
- Clinical management
- Enterprise repository/archive
Carestream is attending the industry-leading HIMSS health IT conference next week
Carestream is gearing up for the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference Feb. 29 to March 4, joining more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Each year, this conference brings together educational events, world-class speakers and a showcase for the best health IT products.
Measuring the Impact of New Technology
“Innovation” is a desirable goal in healthcare. Many imaging providers seek news ways and breakthrough technologies to improve patient care. But how do you measure innovation? How do you determine which new solutions to invest in? According to Frost & Sullivan, new technology investments “must have a positive and demonstrable impact on the cost efficiency, the quality and the outcome of imaging enterprises’ service lines.”
To help providers with their decision making, Frost & Sullivan evaluates and benchmarks products on their attributes and their impact on operations. Recently, Frost & Sullivan put our DR, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CBCT and healthIT imaging informatics products through its rigorous evaluation and selected Carestream as the winner of the 2016 North American Medical Imaging New Product Innovation Leadership Award. The award is yet another proof point that our products help enhance the value, profitability and marketability of the radiology profession.
You can click the image below to learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s 10-step process for evaluating candidates for the award, and the reasons they chose Carestream as the winner.
Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System received FDA 510(k) clearance in September 2016.