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Q&A with AHRA president Angelic Bush

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | July 17, 2018
From the July 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: Have the skills and experience needed to successfully manage an imaging department changed significantly in the past decade? Do you expect them to change in the next decade?
AB: I think our key performance indicators change. We’re no longer looking at just a mean, but instead we’re looking at the bell curve. We’ll be looking more often at how well we hit the target. The more data we can get, the deeper we can drill into where we’re going to find waste. We have to drive down the expenses. We have to get to a Medicare break-even rate. Having the data, we can ask ourselves, for instance, do we need another piece of equipment? Or do we need to extend our hours?

HCB News: Other than the experience and skills that may change, how do you feel the imaging management field will change in the next 10 years?

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AB: I predict there will be many more 24-hour services and that will become the norm. I think we’ll see lots of things bleed into the noninvasive cardiology world. I also see the reemergence of mobile services and going out to communities, as we look at trying to keep people out of the hospital.

HCB News: Any other developments in the imaging management field that you’d like to share?
AB: The imaging landscape is ever-changing and developing at a rapid pace. It’s important to realize we, as imaging managers, don’t just manage, we lead. Leaders inspire! We desperately need to be innovative. Just having tools is worthless without a vision and environment of inspiration. I think it’s important that all leaders recognize what inspires them and constantly tap into that source. One great place to be inspired this year is at the 2018 Annual Meeting in July!

HCB News: What should attendees be excited about at this year’s conference?
AB: First of all, it’s in Orlando and that’s always a great, cost-effective location. It enables attendees to bring more members of their team and their families, emphasizing the “we’re all in it together” feeling and close-knit community AHRA prides itself on.

You’ll see leaders from across the country, and yes, world, come together to find their inspirational fuel. It is not just a way to recharge but to truly jump-start your year (and for those up-and-coming leaders, your career). Attendees should be excited to be blown away by our three world-class keynotes and to take a deep dive into industry trends ranging from AI to cardiovascular imaging, to quality and safety during the 70+ breakout sessions. Each session was hand-picked by imaging leaders for imaging leaders to walk away with the resources and best practices to tackle the professional challenges they’re currently facing.

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