Health IT Executive Forum

Enterprise imaging (EI) is one of the most important areas of focus in modern healthcare, especially in image-heavy specialties such as radiology and cardiology. A new webinar from the teams at  Health Exec and Change Healthcare, “Realizing the Value of Enterprise Imaging: 5 Key Strategies for Success,” examined the value of EI and why healthcare providers need to treat it so seriously. 

Aaron Green, Change Healthcare’s SVP and general manager of radiology and enterprise imaging, has watched the health IT industry go through a great deal of change over the years. Business trends have shifted, new vendors have come and gone, and groundbreaking technologies have evolved so quickly that researchers can hardly keep up.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is still gaining momentum in 2019 as researchers build bigger and better algorithms and vendors release new, state-of-the-art solutions. For healthcare providers, however, the world of AI can still be intimidating in a lot of ways; if you haven’t already started exploring the potential of AI, where do you begin? What’s the first step?

As imaging leaders work to help their practices move from volume-based care to value-based care, they often find themselves asking the same key questions. How can I improve workflow? How do I ensure everyone has the information they need? Laurie Bergeron is a product manager for workflow solutions at Change Healthcare who develops solutions that help health systems transition to value-based care. She sat down and answered several questions about this important topic.

Daniel R. Gale, MD, and M. Elon Gale, MD, both worked in academics before they began working at Lowell General Hospital (LGH), a nonprofit community hospital in Lowell, Mass. And while the brothers both enjoyed their new practice, there was one thing they missed from the days of working with trainees: reviewing and interpreting each exam with a fellow with post-graduate training.

Jeffrey B. Mendel, MD, former Chair of Radiology and Chief of Radiology Informatics at, respectively, Tufts-affiliated St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, shares an anecdote.

The IT team at Western Reserve Hospital, a 105-bed, physician-owned institution in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, already had considerable experience with remotely hosted solutions. In 2015, the time came to consider a remote option for its new PACS. 

The security of patient data continues to be one of the biggest topics affecting healthcare providers today. How can these cyberattacks be stopped once they’ve been discovered? How can they be avoided altogether? 

While helping to steer 105-bed Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, toward a remotely hosted PACS solution, Jeffrey Unger, MD, repeatedly voiced one crucial concern: Would he and his fellow radiologists have to wait at their workstations, precious seconds ticking away, while PACS servers sitting hundreds of miles away processed massive datasets?

Radiologists operate in a fast-paced work environment, juggling a combination of tasks that includes interpreting studies, and calls from referring physicians.

Recently imagingBiz sat down with the two of McKesson’s General Managers to discuss their views on important current imaging issues.

Case Study: UMass Memorial Health Care wanted to drive quality improvements within radiology services for its system of hospitals and clinics.