Care Delivery

Any distributed workflow solution worth its salt helps radiologists work at the top of their clinical skill set, maximize their productivity and fully integrate their workflow with that of the rest of their practice-and, ultimately, with the workflow of the ordering physician, practice or provider organization.

Ankur M. Doshi, MD, of the New York University Langone Medical Center radiology department, and colleagues looked at reviews posted on Yelp for 126 outpatient radiology centers from throughout the United States, analyzing what does and does not affect a patient’s overall experience. 

A team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shaved 10 minutes and 46 seconds off of the average length of stay (LOS) for emergency department (ED) patients undergoing CT scans, and have now published a report on how they accomplished the feat.

Taking a deep dive into the data generated by a practice can offer a roadmap, of sorts, to help find opportunities for value. A couple of recent top stories showcased two innovative ways to look at information that could help improve practice.

As the U.S. shifts further into the era of accountable care, hitting quality benchmarks becomes ever more important. Reimbursement is increasingly tied to the value generated by providers, and data about who is making the grade is becoming more transparent.

Here's a riddle: If every imaging interpretation is labeled stat, are any of them truly stat?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although you probably don’t need another reminder of the fact. 

When Keyur Sathe, MHA, decided to put his nearly two decades of healthcare leadership and entrepreneurialism to work in a bold new venture—one that would, in his words, help “bend the arc of healthcare” toward greater value—he didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

Merge Healthcare has launched a new collaboration with RAD-AID International, a nonprofit organization, to bring radiology and other health services to “medically underserved and poor regions” throughout the world, the companies announced earlier this month. 

Children turn to comic books to be entertained, to escape, and to let their imaginations run wild. Thanks to Medikidz, a medical education brand with offices in London, the United States, and Australia, children can also use comics to learn important information about their own health and the health of those around them. 

Recent history indicates that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may lead to a significant increase in emergency department utilization, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

It may be possible to shorten breast MRI protocols and give more patients access to the modality’s benefits, according to a study published in Academic Radiology.