Innovation in medical imaging technology is driving the evolution of radiology and health care enterprise workflow in general, as medical images are a critical aspect of a patients electronic health record.
To help us look to the future of diagnostic imaging, we’ve asked two of our imaging leaders, Erkan Akyuz and Tomer Levy, to share their insights on industry trends and the evolution of medical imaging and patient care.
Erkan Akyuz, is the President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions, and Tomer Levy, is the General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure.
Q: There is an industry push toward integrating clinical and imaging data, so patient information can be efficiently accessed. How does this trend impact a healthcare enterprise as a whole?
Tomer Levy: A large amount of data is collected as part of diagnostic imaging, so it is important to capture this data and integrate it into the patient’s EHR. That’s where interoperability among systems and even facilities becomes crucial. When systems exchange data and interpret shared data in a seamless way, it establishes a single and cohesive workflow for the providers and patients.
Q: What market trends or pressures are driving medical imaging decisions today?
Erkan Akyuz: Health systems are facing more challenges than ever with pressures to reduce costs and enhance care coordination across the continuum – all while struggling with reimbursement changes from value-based payment methodologies. Healthcare enterprises are also affected by consumerism, and medical imaging decisions must be made in light of increased patient control and involvement.
Q: What is one way diagnostic imaging solutions are evolving based on an industry shift from a fee-for-service world to value-based care?
Erkan Akyuz: With the shift from volume to value, healthcare systems face higher demands for quality and the need to improve medical imaging workflow. Health systems need flexible, vendor-neutral solutions coupled with strong standards and data interoperability. McKesson’s enterprise suite of imaging solutions is based on standards, supports Windows networking, storage and computing platforms, and has already been successfully deployed in healthcare organizations.
Tomer Levy: The shift to value-based care is creating the need for assessments, analytics, governance, change management, and talent. We are focused on the continued development of a full set of diagnostic imaging professional services, in support of our customers’ transition from volume to value.
Q: Imaging is moving out of the office with increasing access to medical images possible on devices like smart phones and tablets. How does this ubiquitous access create opportunities to support improved patient care?
Tomer Levy: When you have ubiquitous access to images, it creates tremendous opportunities for collaboration across the continuum of care between imaging specialists and the ordering or referring physicians. It also aids in the effort to achieve an early and accurate diagnosis. Early diagnoses are often delayed by the number of imaging departments within and across facilities, and the inability to view non-DICOM images and image-related documents from a single interface. This leads to providers’ inability to view patient information from a single point of view. By enabling mobile technologies like a zero-footprint viewer, physicians can have timely on-demand access to exam information for quick and efficient follow-up with patients.
Related: The Future of Diagnostic Imaging: Radiology Roundup
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This blog post originally published as Q&A: RSNA and the Future of Diagnostic Imaging (2015, Nov 24) on www.medicalimagingtalk.com