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October/November 2010

By: Cat Vasko
Lean services, Six Sigma™, and continuous process improvement: Call them what you will, techniques derived from the now-famous Toyota Production System (TPS) are growing in popularity as a means for health-care providers (and radiology, in particular) to reduce costs and improve efficiency and care—with minimal capital outlay. As Howard Fleishon, MD, a radiologist at John C. Lincoln Health Network (JCLHN), Phoenix, Arizona, explains, “Lean services are really built upon developing standardized workflow, and aspects of radiology are very amenable to that mindset. Radiologists need to be aware that this is being popularized in the health-care industry. With so many other specialties wanting to be involved in medical imaging, we need to put ourselves in the position where we are seen as...
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By: Kris Kyes
Decision support might be able to remove the target taped to radiology’s back, according to a tandem presentation that was made by two of the specialty’s respected leaders on May 3, 2010, at the...
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By: George Wiley
The attorney for six interventional radiologists who have been barred, under an exclusivity contract, from practicing at three Sutter Health hospitals in the greater Sacramento, California, area is...
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By: Katie Robbins
Defining quality in radiology seems simple: It’s an accurate diagnosis or interpretation, provided in a timely manner, in a clear and easy-to-follow report. The devil is always in the details,...
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By: Amit Mehta, MD
Over the past two decades, imaging has undergone revolutionary and evolutionary changes in both the clinical and nonclinical spheres. Part of this evolution has been the acceptance of imaging as an...
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By: Rebecca G. Stough, MD
As the diagnostic work-up for breast cancer has become more complex, often involving multiple imaging modalities, the surgeon-centered diagnostic paradigm in breast care has become less efficient....
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By: Staff Writer
The winning entry, left, in a recent vendor-sponsored preclinical- imaging competition presented at the World Molecular Imaging Conference in Kyoto, Japan, compared the amyloid-binding efficacy of...
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By: Cheryl Proval
If there is one key thing that patients want from health care, this is it: that they come away from the encounter in better shape. Payors—including the government, insurers, employers, and,...
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By: Staff Writer
Maybe your PACS vendor is going out of business, or the system is so creaky that your vendor no longer offers support. Perhaps your hospital signed an exclusive purchasing agreement that requires a...
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By: Stephen Herman, MD
Over the past decade, economic forces driving health care in the United States have removed many patient-care decisions from the hands of physicians. Fortunately, payment reform might change this....
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By: Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle
There is a growing national discussion focused on the business model of publishing, in this era of niche media—especially as it relates to how we, as information consumers, prefer to receive and...
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By: Staff Writer
When the McKinsey Global Institute (London) asked more than 1,400 executives how important innovation was to their companies’ future growth, 70% said it was crucial, but only 35% were very confident...