AHRA keynote: practical takeaways for imaging leaders
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.
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
SIIM17 presenters discuss radiology’s role in enterprise imaging and AI, and adding value
Although the titles and topics of #SIIM17 presentations varied, there was a common and clear message: the role of radiologists in imaging informatics is changing. This evolution can range from acquiring different skill sets to taking on entirely new roles including:
- adopting a leadership role in enterprise imaging that spans multiple departments;
- being more accessible to physicians and more visible to patients;
- and taking stewardship of emerging artificial intelligence applications.
Everything Rad: Top 7 Blogs in Diagnostic Imaging
As 2016 winds down, we take time for a Radiology Year in Review on Everything Rad. There was considerable innovation and disruption in radiology and health IT imaging in 2016. The themes and conversations at diagnostic imaging sites and in media publications were reflected in our blogs. For our 2016 Radiology Year in Review, we are sharing the 7 blogs from Everything Rad that generated the most shares and likes.
What would you like us to write about in 2017? Would you like to be a guest author? Post your suggestions and comments on this blog or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
Baystate Health’s Regional HIE Invites Outside Providers to Participate to Help Enhance Patient Care
Baystate Health is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes five hospitals and more than 90 primary and specialty care practices serving a region of western Massachusetts with 800,000 residents. Patients that come to their facilities are also visiting other facilities outside of their network. Neil R. Kudler, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baystate Health, shares the steps that Baystate Health is taking to reduce the chance that patients might be at risk of receiving duplicate procedures and imaging exams.
Reducing Sonographer Injuries Takes a Team Approach
Ultrasound is growing in popularity and its increased demand is impacting sonographers’ workload. An increase in the number of exams is placing added strain on sonographers who are already at risk of injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motions. The risk of injury can be minimized if sonographers, hospital and radiology department managers, and manufacturers work together. Continue reading
Can you guess the image in the X-ray?
It’s a new month – and also time for November’s “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge! Congratulations to those who correctly guessed the October image challenge! The correct answer was — a nail polish bottle!
We welcome radiologists, technicians, 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. We’ll share the answer at the end of the month.
Access to radiology reports can help eliminate barriers and enable collaboration
The number of new innovations in health IT can be overwhelming. Hospital CIOs and administrators must help evaluate new software for referral management, applications for improved transparency, and analytics software. How can HIT directors and hospital administrators decide which technologies are worth investing in? Answer: start with the ones – like cloud hosted PACS solutions – that solve a real problem – like radiology staffing shortages.
Nicola Strickland, head of the Royal College of Radiologists, made a convincing case to The Observer in 2016 for “how the crisis in radiology recruitment will break the entire NHS system in Britain”. And in January 2017, AuntMinnie Europe painted a dire picture of how a hard Brexit would further strain the lack of radiology resources.
Other parts of Europe, especially rural areas, face a similar problem. The shortage of radiologists and other health professionals is driving medical providers with no formal or previous affiliations to find ways to pool their resources and collaborate among their sites.
Fortunately, cloud based services and teleradiology are toppling the geographic barriers. An increasing number of medical health providers in Europe are installing PACS – Picture Archiving and Communication Systems – and hosting them in the cloud. For example, Spire Healthcare, one of the largest private healthcare groups in the UK, enabled cross site reporting using the Carestream cloud. Using different cloud services from Carestream, Spire Healthcare can store and archive data to enable cross site reporting and then distribution of the reports and associated images. Continue reading
Throughout the U.S. and worldwide, equipment decision criteria are not so different
There are clear advantages to having new, up-to-date medical devices; including gains in productivity and efficiency. Medical equipment can support the movement to reduce healthcare costs and increase its efficiency and effectiveness. This movement is worldwide, and nothing new, as a McKinsey report stated a few years ago. “Today, medical device companies operate in a different world. In developed countries, healthcare systems are under acute financial pressure…. Developing economies are transforming the environment, too…. Success in emerging markets requires a deep understanding of stakeholders’ needs.”
New stakeholders influence purchase decisions
And new stakeholders are changing the way organizations look at the purchase of medical equipment. “In the developed world, decisions that used to be the sole preserve of doctors are now also made by regulators, hospital administrators, and other non-clinicians…. The result of this phenomenon is a shift from individual outcomes to a focus on population-level effectiveness.” Also, big data is beginning to offer a new level of evidence-based data that helps us evaluate the true advantages of technology.
EHRs and security threats for healthIT and rads taking a leadership role are in the news
Articles include: Mamba ransomware is attacking healthcare, crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives; University of Texas breast radiologists are calling for the creation of a national imaging repository in the cloud; Apple designers work to expand its HealthKit to aid in diagnosis; Electronic health record data could hold the key to predicting the onset of sepsis; and most physicians are using some digital tools and expect to increase the use of assistive technologies in the near future.
New virus disables computers by encrypting hard drives – Health Data Management
A new strain of ransomware called Mamba is circulating through multiple industries including healthcare and crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives. So far there really isn’t much that can be done except pay the ransom to gain a key to decrypt the hard drive, experts say. Ironically, Mamba emulates protections found in commercial data security products, but uses the protections against the victim.
Headlines include weight-bearing imaging for knee injuries; and telemedicine saving lives
Articles include: weight-bearing X-rays for knee pain could replace MRI as first choice for 40+ patients with knee pain; machine learning might threaten radiology; Americans use their smart phones to send photos of medical issues; telemedicine saves lives in Syria; and QA databases can benefit radiology departments.
MRIs getting ordered for knee pain when weight-bearing X-rays would do just fine – Health Imaging
Physicians treating possibly osteoarthritic patients 40 and older for knee pain can save these patients time, trouble and quite a lot of money—while sacrificing little to nothing on diagnostic accuracy—by sending them for weight-bearing X-ray exams rather than MRI scans.
Does machine learning threaten radiology’s future?– Radiology Business
Radiology is one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare, but according to a new analysis published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, machine learning could potentially end the specialty as we know it within the next decade. For example, the machines allow data “to speak for themselves,” which can lead to trends being uncovered that could have gone unnoticed otherwise. Also the pixel-by-pixel focus of machines can pick up key predictors. Computers can also quickly digest complex data sets and while even the most trained radiologists will have cognitive limitations, no such issues exist with machine learning. Continue reading
Learn about MRI scans for Zika virus and apps designed by and for radiologists
Articles include: research suggests smartphone use – including apps for radiologists – can lead to better brain function; a new methodology predicts future ER demand; a radiologist developed a smartphone app to help doctors respond to in-flight emergencies; more workloads are headed to the cloud using SaaS technology; and Zika’s rapid spread seen on MRI scans shock cancer researchers.
How Smartphones Can Make Radiologists Even Smarter – Imaging Technology News
Research suggests that smartphone use might warm up the cortex, which leads to better brain function and plasticity. And many smartphone applications have been created specifically for radiologists, including Carestream’s Vue Motion.
Analytics approach aims to cut overcrowded ERs – Health Data Management
Using data analytics to understand hospital emergency department overcrowding and wait times, two researchers have developed a methodology to predict future ER demand. Hospitals could use the results to reduce wait times for patients by as much as 15 percent, the researchers contend. The methodology uses machine learning technology to assess data on known patterns of ER activity.
Radiologist develops app for helping doctors respond to in-flight emergencies – Radiology Business
A non-profit organization has developed a new smartphone app that helps health professionals deal with in-flight medical emergencies. According to the Chicago Tribune, the app helps doctors treat 23 common emergencies such as chest pain and seizures. The app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and can be used while the phone is in airplane mode. Continue reading
It is the beginning of the month so it’s time for a new “Guess the X-ray Challenge”! We welcome radiologists, technicians, 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 August image challenge! The correct answer was — a wire stripper!
Happy guessing and good luck!
Sorry… Carestream employees and their agencies are prohibited from answering.