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The lopsided male-to-female ratio among radiologists and radiology residents—around three men for every one woman—has remained stubbornly constant despite years-long efforts to narrow the gap. This reality is reinforced each time the American College of Radiology conducts its annual workforce survey.

Consolidation has become the name of the game for many private radiology practices, but not everyone wants in. Many unaffiliated groups still prefer the independent side of the playing field, defending their turf by contracting to provide imaging services to hospitals and health systems.

Hint: One Undercover Hacker Study Found More Than 700 Radiology or DICOM Servers Wide Open to Outsiders

In a world of networked medical devices, it’s not hard to imagine a radiology-heavy cyberattack that is not only malicious but also ingenious.
 

The late, great business guru Peter Drucker (d. 2005) held that management is doing things right while leadership is doing the right things. The observation is timeless across industries, but “the right things” surely change over time and within arenas of human endeavor.

In past RBJ columns, we discussed why the absence of burnout does not equate to the presence of wellness. There should be more to the radiologist's professional life than simply getting through our workday until the weekend or to our next vacation. The ultimate goal should be to flourish, not just function.

Buying new software and systems for your healthcare enterprise can be a precarious endeavor. On the one hand, replacing an old system that is holding you back or purchasing new functionality that will increase efficiency is a promising and positive thing. On the other, selecting the wrong vendor could cause delays, setbacks and even security incidents.

With the “volume to value” movement pushing radiologists to prove their contributions to cost containment, some are feeling uneasy. After all, imaging utilization stands to be curbed—or at least eyed more closely than ever before for appropriateness.

It’d be a stretch to say Walmart has gone into the radiology business. But there’s no denying that the retail behemoth has made a business decision having everything to do with radiology.

Radiologists are often part of multispecialty groups that participate in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO. As a result, many radiologists are in these ACOs often without even realizing it.

The terms “AI” and “machine learning” appear early and often on the agenda for SIIM19, which rolls into Denver the last week of June. The heavy dose of AI-related tech talk is no surprise, given the fast and steady interest in these technologies evidenced by imaging informaticists in medicine.

Has the value-based U.S. healthcare system become so focused on the bottom line that care is, in cases, getting compromised? 

Medicare recently relaxed its rules on the supervision that non-physician radiology providers must have by radiologists for their respective practices to get reimbursed. In the wake of the change, these “midlevel providers” are likely to grow in importance as well as in numbers. 

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