The moving image – imaging informatics’ opportunity to improve process

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | June 16, 2018
Health IT
From the June 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

One additional challenge is that we may not know in advance when we’ll need access to images from elsewhere, for example, if a patient presents to the emergency room in a location different from where they had their prior imaging. Making it easier to determine whether and where they’ve had prior imaging care would facilitate that sharing.”

To help move the needle in the right direction, McGinty says that it’s important to be connected with the informatics leadership in your hospital. “A lot of radiology groups remain independent of their hospital and provide imaging interpretation services. The group may have its own PACS for an outpatient imaging center but also need to interact with the hospital’s PACS. The group needs to build a healthy relationship with the hospital informatics team in order to facilitate their operations.

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For her part, McGinty’s sessions she’s co-chairing at SIIM will offer some strategies for imaging informatics to better-engage with patients. “I think making patient reports available to them, and certainly as we look forward, making patient reports available to them in language they understand, is key. Obviously, in breast imaging we’ve been mandated for many years to give lay-summaries and the Bi-RADs lexicon has facilitated that.” Translating that to other organ systems will be important work.

“Our challenge is to make sure that we’re communicating in a personalized way to all the stakeholders who need to consume the imaging information. The radiologist, looking at the report from prior imaging, wants to see certain data, their referring colleague is looking for perhaps a different take on the same information. Most importantly in providing information to the patient, we need to be sensitive to what is meaningful and important to the patient, not just what we think they need to know.

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