In the latest issue of InPractice, Murray Reicher, M.D., co-founder of DR Systems, outlines several steps radiologists can take to implement Meaningful Use.
Clinical decision support is part of a broader pattern to improve the quality and reporting of imaging procedures, but there has been some resistance to it among radiologists and other physicians. As Keith Dreyer, M.D., vice chairman of radiology informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital said in an interview with Healthcare Informatics last November, "there's a general resistance among all people to change."
But as Dreyer, and others, have pointed out, there also are multiple benefits to imaging CDS.
While some observers may feel that many functions of the radiology information system (RIS)--such as order entry and patient registry--have been moving to enterprise medical records, an article in the May issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests the RIS is still evolving and is open to continued innovation.
While the U.S. PACS market is relatively mature, providers continually are thinking about replacement options. In a commentary published at AuntMinnie.com , Herman Oosterwijk, president of Aubrey, Texas-based OTech, a healthcare imaging and IT company, gives several suggestions on what organizations should consider when taking such steps.
Considering that medical imaging accounts for 7.5 percent of healthcare spending in the U.S. (more than $175 billion annually), the physicians and facilities that supply these services should help lead the way in the reform of healthcare delivery, according to Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Md. In an article published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology , Franklin says that radiologists "will be a central focus in the crusade for patient-centered, efficient, and transportable patient care."
About 600 million imaging procedures are performed in the U.S. annually, and they need to be archived somewhere. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal , some providers, instead of investing heavily in their own storage solutions, are choosing to pay the upfront charge and monthly usage fees associated with storing images on the cloud.
The growth of image sharing services such Image Share can help informed patients avoid duplicative or repeat scans, as well as facilitate their ability to quickly get second opinions.
Academic radiology departments increasingly are relying on dashboard technology to track all the data they have to deal with on a daily basis.
Image sharing through the cloud reduces costs while improving care at breast centers, according to a presentation given at the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) annual conference last week in Las Vegas.
A vendor-neutral archive solution can save institutions millions of dollars--almost $3 million over five years in the case of a Philadelphia hospital--according to a presentation delivered recently at a regional meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.