Special report: Fitting radiology into the MU puzzle

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Special report: Fitting radiology into the MU puzzle

by Olga Deshchenko, DOTmed News Reporter | May 18, 2011
From the May 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Meaningful advice

To keep up with MU, Erickson recommends developing a plan and establishing a set of priorities. Like at the Mayo Clinic, it’s important for hospitals to be mindful of groups like radiology throughout the process. Recognizing the varying needs of specialties will help develop solutions that could then be generalized across the whole institution.

Appointing a person or a group to keep track of the evolving MU regulations and to work with local government representatives is also vital. “It’s not so much that the legislation is changing but the rules and the interpretation of the rules are changing,” says Erickson. “I think one important activity is just to have a way to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening.”

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Although the road to MU has its obstacles, advocates of health IT are confident the transition will improve the process of care. And for radiologists, finding their way to MU will mean striking a balance between integration into the larger EHR and the maintenance of flexibilities in workflows that characterize efficiency in radiology.

Learn more about MU at SIIM 2011:
"MU for Me and You" Hot Topic Session
Chaired by Dr. Bradley Erickson
Thursday, June 2
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Potomac Ballroom C

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