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As healthcare policies continue to emphasize value-based care, the tracking and management of data has become more important in radiology than ever before. And while turnaround time was once the primary metric used for measuring quality of care and service throughout the imaging industry, it is no longer the only game in town. 

When Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center made the bold decision in 2010 to launch a structured reporting system, leaders within the radiology department knew they were bucking more than 100 years of history. That’s how long prose reports have been the radiologists’ definitive work product, a fierce source of professional pride and personal identity that had stubbornly resisted change even as new reporting techniques sprouted around them—techniques that could provide greater consistency and more robust, mineable reports that facilitate faster payment.

Researchers from the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tracked improvements after implementing an image quality reporting system in their clinical practice. The PACS-integrated software allowed radiologists to quickly and easily fill out incident reports for a variety of issues, including missing images, incomplete documentation and labeling, and problems with the image library.

More than 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder that affects the pancreas and other organs, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Although there is no cure, there is a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that treats the underlying cause of the disease.

Physicians in the United States are guilty of over-recommending mammography to women, according to a survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Conflicting recommendations from imaging societies and regulatory bodies, fee-for-service payment systems and fear of malpractice litigation are major factors, according to the authors.

 

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As healthcare policies continue to emphasize value-based care, the tracking and management of data has become more important in radiology than ever before. And while turnaround time was once the primary metric used for measuring quality of care and service throughout the imaging industry, it is no longer the only game in town. 

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When Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center made the bold decision in 2010 to launch a structured reporting system, leaders within the radiology department knew they were bucking more than 100 years of history. That’s how long prose reports have been the radiologists’ definitive work product, a fierce source of professional pride and personal identity that had stubbornly resisted change even as new reporting techniques sprouted around them—techniques that could provide greater consistency and more robust, mineable reports that facilitate faster payment.

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Researchers from the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tracked improvements after implementing an image quality reporting system in their clinical practice. The PACS-integrated software allowed radiologists to quickly and easily fill out incident reports for a variety of issues, including missing images, incomplete documentation and labeling, and problems with the image library.

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More than 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder that affects the pancreas and other organs, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Although there is no cure, there is a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that treats the underlying cause of the disease.

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