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At RSNA, radiologists explore role in HIE initiatives

At RSNA, radiologists explore role in HIE initiatives | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Radiologists might sometimes wonder if they’re operating in a health care vacuum. As federal initiatives and health IT lead to greater integration of the care delivery system, and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives means more providers are communicating, though, that sense will change.

 

The efforts to create more efficient data exchange and improve communication among radiologists and other providers are not just about compliance, say those physicians who have been at the forefront of these HIE initiatives for RSNA. Quality improvement is about connecting radiology with patient care -- something that can, at times, be lost.

 

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Radiologists have difficulty discussing adverse events with patients and families

Radiologists have difficulty discussing adverse events with patients and families | #HITsm | Scoop.it

atient safety and errors disclosure aren't only the purview of doctors at the bedside. As awareness about medical errors and adverse events grows, more specialists must get into the act.


Radiologists will have to interact more with patients as transparency becomes more important in health care and has a greater impact on quality.


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RSNA highlights potentially disruptive mobile technology for radiologists

RSNA highlights potentially disruptive mobile technology for radiologists | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Imaging quality on mobile devices, particularly tablets, continues to improve. And download speeds keep getting faster, an important consideration when you’re talking about big files. That means diagnostic-quality mobile readers soon should be commonplace. I’m not aware of anyone offering a 4G wireless tablet with 1080p resolution yet, but it’s coming.

 

As soon as that happens, diagnostic radiologists may never have to set foot in a hospital again. How disruptive would that be?

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ACOs Could Mean Greater Radiology Role in Patient Care

Radiologists could have a greater role in patient care through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), but now’s the time to get involved.


The radiology industry is familiar with the quality reporting and IT infrastructure that the ACOs will rely on. In many ways, radiology is far more prepared than the primary care, particularly those practices just starting to adopt electronic health records.


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