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.
It’s been a year and a half since Nuance Communications launched the Nuance PowerShare Network. It did so by acquiring the cloud-based medical image sharing company Accelarad and expanding its platform into a powerful web-based exchange for combined images and reports.
Anchored by eight hospitals throughout Colorado and Kansas, HCA Continental Division, part of the 165-hospital Hospital Corporation of America, knew it needed to eliminate or at least severely reduce management of medical imaging via CD uploading.
Can advances and efficiencies in digital radiography (DR) technology improve patients’ perceptions of the x-ray department—and, in the process, help boost hospitals’ HCAHPS scores—ultimately leading to smarter marketing, maximized reimbursement and increased patient volume?
Portable x-ray may be a routine technology, but at a 554-bed hospital serving a sicker-than-average patient population, and housing a Level 1 trauma center and Level 1 burn center, there is nothing routine about the need for fast, reliable, portable x-ray capabilities.