As the “volume to value” movement reshapes healthcare economics across the U.S., radiology is reminded daily that it is by no means exempt from the new and somewhat nebulous fiscal demands.
Consolidation and change are roiling the healthcare marketplace, and the repercussions are being felt throughout the vendor landscape, including the vibrant imaging IT segment that is so fundamental to the practice of 21st century radiology.
Those who think PACS optimization ends following a successful implementation should think again: Thirteen years after Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health implemented Synapse PACS, the work is ongoing to keep 50-plus radiologists happy and maximally productive.
Modern cancer care urgently demands new approaches. Lives are at risk, and an ever increasing number of cancer patients and complex examinations constitute more of the radiologist’s workload than ever before.
Industry watchers seemed intrigued but not especially surprised when Konica Minolta Medical Imaging announced its acquisition of 100 plus-employee Viztek in early October. The response was understandable, as the fusing was equal parts bold and sensible.
It’s hard to get things done when you’re constantly being interrupted. This applies to any task, but is especially true for demanding tasks requiring focused concentration—like interpreting a medical image.
Workflow engines have been deployed in a number of different industries and professions, from streamlining manufacturing to helping large law firms stay on task. Could workflow engines solve efficiency problems in radiology? Bradley J. Erickson, MD, PhD, suspects they can.