2019 Imaging Innovation Awards: Winners Turn Good Ideas Into Outstanding Advancements

Albert Einstein is credited with remarking that the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. To that the winners of RBJ’s Second Annual Imaging Innovation Awards might collectively add that it takes exploration to turn imagination into innovation.

Which is to say that year’s competition brought out the best in a strong field of contenders. People didn’t just think up new ways of doing things. They thought things through, tested their ideas and refined them as they went along.

All entrants developed notably original breakthroughs in various aspects of medical imaging. The winners never lost sight of the ultimate point of all the extra effort: improving patient care while increasing efficiencies and, wherever possible, cutting or at least containing costs.

Then they took the time to recount their work in writing. To that end, entrants used our online form to fill in free-text fields that allowed them to:

  • Describe a project that launched with a clear aim, unfolded over a specified time period and concluded with a measurable or demonstrable improvement;
  • Detail steps that could be readily adoptable or imitated by other radiology organizations around the U.S.; and
  • Tell how they innovated—applying resourcefulness, inventiveness and/or creative thinking—as they pursued their project’s goals.

RBJ’s panel of experts whittled a stack of entries to 10 finalists and then turned things over to our judges, who voted independently of one another and arrived at five clear standouts.

The winners will receive trophies at RSNA and, in the pages that follow, they show how they earned top honors as we present their entries in full.

Read on to get the rest of the story from the best of the best in 2019.

3rd Annual IIAs on the Way

The 2020 Imaging Innovation Awards are soon to open for entries. Once again we’ll recognize radiology practices and hospital radiology departments that combined creative thinking with coordinated teamwork in a dedicated project to maximize care quality while boosting operational efficiency. Check RadiologyBusiness.com for details and an entry form.

2019 Imaging Innovation Awards Winners

Alerting Busy Providers Without Needlessly Interrupting Their EHR Workflows
By UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Parkland Health & Hospital System | Read Case Study

Harnessing AI to ‘Make it Easier for Radiologists to Practice Better’
By Radiology Partners | Read Case Study

Taking Radiologist Recommendations to the Next Level
By Radiology Group of Abington | Read Case Study

Taking Charge of Change to Standardize Care Across Many Sites
By Integrated Imaging Consultants | Read Case Study

Precisely Targeting Gadolinium for MS Patients Who Truly Need It
By the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania | Read Case Study