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They want a better workflow

Radiology practices are willing to pay more for a better RIS

by Lauren Dubinsky , Senior Reporter
The radiology community considers features and functionality to be more important than cost when selecting a radiology information system (RIS), according to a survey that MedInformatix conducted at last year’s RSNA meeting.

“Health care delivery continues to go through a transformation in this country, with ongoing regulatory requirements, new technologies and other forces converging on providers and their partners,” Pat McGonigle, president and CEO of MedInformatix, told HCB News. “So we thought it would be a good time to stop and allow the radiology marketplace to weigh in on these and periphery issues that impact what they do.”

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The survey included radiology practices of all sizes and inquired about a wide range of RIS solutions including offerings from Epic, McKesson, Carestream, Philips, MedInformatix and others.

The second important factor when selecting a new RIS partner is the ability to customize the solution; followed by cost, access to the vendor’s management team and brand recognition.

Concerning the output of an RIS, 58 percent of the respondents reported that the biggest benefit they hope to achieve is an improvement in workflow. Just over a fourth of them listed clinical analytics and data as another anticipated benefit.

This input is useful to us as we continue to innovate and develop new products to keep up with this transformation,” said McGonigle.

One of the regulatory requirements practices are currently facing is the Quality Payment Program. They have to decide if they want to transition to advanced alternative payment models or the merit-based incentive payment system.

But despite those pressures, many practices are more concerned with being able to leverage the data housed in their RIS. Almost 60 percent indicated it’s the biggest challenge they face, compared to 26 percent that listed regulatory requirements as their main concern.

“Knowing what's on the minds of radiology professionals, understanding the dynamics and challenges in which they operate, makes us a better technology partner for them,” said McGonigle.

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