9 Myths

about the role of images in Value-Based Care (VBC).

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Radiology is what it is, and plays no role in VBC.

 

Fact: Radiology can contribute to better outcomes, eliminate unnecessary duplicates of studies, and increase patient satisfaction through increased image access.

 

Watch Carestream/Intel Video.

Radiologists talk about the value of collaboration among patients, referring physicians and radiologists made possible by Carestream’s zero-footprint FDA approved universal viewer. Collaboration allows improved outcomes through faster treatment, improved clinician insight, and more productive radiologists—all components of VBC.

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Radiologists don’t need full access to the EHR/EMR.

 

Fact: “Overall, by taking a more strategic approach to enterprise imaging, healthcare organizations can integrate images into EMRs in a way that makes it possible to enable providers to make more informed decisions and move clinical care forward.” —Monique Rasband, Senior Director of Research, KLAS.

 

Read the Full Article

Monique Rasband, senior director of research at KLAS talks about the strategy behind image-enabling the EMR in an interview provided by HIMSS and Carestream.

 

KLAS Enterprise Imaging Game Plan Interview

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Referrings order only the studies they need.

 

Fact: Clinicians often order duplicate radiographic studies when priors are not available. Collaboration with radiology can often generate a revised request for a more appropriate image.

 

“…many expensive imaging exams got done more than once, wasting time and costing money.”

– Andalusian Health Service’s Seville-based CIO Juan Lucas Retamar Gentil.

 

Download the Full Case Study

With the new enterprise imaging platform from Carestream, Spain’s Andalusian Health Service has connected 1,600 primary care clinics, 90 regional hospitals, and 160 other sites with access to nearly 10 million exams/year. The result—workload flexibility, increased productivity, and increased patient satisfaction, all in the first 15 months of service and nearly 2 million euros in savings!

 

 Use Case: Connecting Disparate Sites

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Referring physicians don’t need fancy reports with embedded images—if they want access to the images they can always request them.

 

Fact: Referring physicians can make more informed decisions when images are integrated into the EMR.

 

"Physicians indicated a strong increased likelihood of preferentially referring patients to (80%) and recommending peers to (79%) facilities that offer [Multimedia-Enhanced Radiology Reporting] MERR."

 

Read the Full ACR Article

 

Traditional Text-Only Versus Multimedia-Enhanced Radiology Reporting: Referring Physicians’ Perceptions of Value

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Disparate legacy PACS systems can’t support a global worklist.

 

Fact: When you are dealing with legacy systems, you have choices. You can rip and replace them, you can create an enterprise data repository, or you can adopt a cross enterprise approach with data stored in federated repositories. Pros and cons of each are explored in our recently published eBook.

 

Read the eBook: Healthcare trends: IT strategies in an era of new partnerships.

In an era of frequent mergers, acquisitions, and new alliances, it pays to be prepared for change. In this eBook, subject matter experts explore the major IT strategies you can adopt, as well as the pros and cons of each.

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Radiologists don’t need access to images from other departments like ophthalmology, surgery, cardiology, genetics, etc…

 

Fact: One of the major benefits of a VNA is that (if planned correctly) it can accommodate images throughout the enterprise, making them available to clinicians everywhere. Because radiology has been the leader in developing the technology to ingest, store, access and distribute, the methods we use can easily become the image access and storage solution for the entire enterprise.

 

Download the VNA White Paper

The Carestream white paper, A Real-World Solution for Patient Centric Workflow, covers many of the issues around a VNA, including data consolidation, migration, information lifecycle management, and examples beyond radiology of image organization, access, and storage.

 

Read the Article

University of Virginia (UVA) Health System Dr. Christopher (Cree) Gaskin talks about UVA’s objective for, “One patient, one imaging record”, and the natural gravitation towards embracing enterprise imaging. Dr. Gaskin has long been an advocate of an EHR-driven radiology worklist with full integration and availability to the radiologist.

A Real-World Solution

for Patient Centric Workflow

How the University of Virginia Health System “Evolved” Into Enterprise Imaging

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Radiology is the sole decision maker when it comes to imaging IT.

 

Fact: In today’s healthcare world, image distribution belongs to the enterprise, and it is IT who is tasked to make it happen, building on the experience of radiology. And smart software can improve workflow and clinical collaboration by permitting a global worklist, helping with priority assignments, streamlining resource management, security, and interoperability for better deployment. Often IT can offer a solution that provides native capabilities integrated into the departmental PACS that not only increase productivity in radiology, but also offer enterprise-wide benefits including the ability to read multiple modalities from one workstation.

 

Watch the Video

Carestream’s new Orchestrator software can enable better workflow through a customizable unified worklist with the ability to route studies based on subspecialty.

 

Intelligent Radiology Worklist Orchestration

Read the eBook

The information strategy for HealthSpan, an integrated healthcare network, needs to accommodate many different levels of data for reporting and analysis to suit clinicians, payors, managers, brokers, and patients.

 

Chapter 6: The Healthcare Journey to Value: Collaboration is Key

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Patients don't use online portals for images,  and don’t want to share them with doctors, friends and relatives.

 

Fact: As patients are sent to specialists for critical care, and back to their PCP for maintenance, they are aware of the need for image access to be easy and quick. And patients engage with their patient portals and share images with clinicians, friends, and relatives.

 

Read the HMI Case Study

Read the full case study that shows the results and savings Houston Medical Imaging experienced after introducing the Carestream MyVue Patient Portal to their patients.

HMI Case Study

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Radiology has no part in reducing hospital admissions.

 

Fact: Today you can scan images to provide risk factors for hospital readmission, and you can compare the data to population health statistics to learn how you are doing, and how to improve outcomes and reduce admissions.

 

Watch the Webinar

This webinar explores Carestream’s analytic solution. This cutting-edge software offers the following benefits:

     • Automatically detects clinical findings in imaging data, including priors.

     • Alerts radiologists to unidentified and un-diagnosed conditions.

     • Improves outcomes while lowering costs.

     • Empowers radiologists and boosts revenues.

 

Read the Post—and comment, please!

This informative post covers recent NIH research, an Emory University Study, and a summary of a SIIM16 panel supporting a perhaps obvious point that reports with embedded images and links to relevant studies are preferred by referring physicians, save time for clinicians, and are preferred by patients who said they would return to the imaging location that provided the access. 76% also stated that they would recommend the provider to others.

 

Improving Care and Reducing Costs with Image Based Analytics.

The Next Generation of Multi-Media Reporting in Radiology

 

© 2017 Carestream Health, Inc.

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