In the quest to mine and analyze meaningful, reliable, and useful data from the burgeoning plethora of electronic and online sources, healthcare organizations can allow the big picture to overshadow many underlying and valuable components contributing to patient care improvement.
The clinical data and diagnostic images in radiology information systems (RIS) and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) remain two examples.
For clinical imaging and radiology executives, these visual clues and cues are necessary for effective, efficient decision support.
Certainly a growing number of manufacturers and information technology companies recognize this – even if many healthcare providers have not yet reached the point where they can tackle the necessary underlying infrastructure beyond the planning and strategic stages.
As a result, they’re offering providers a light at the end of the tunnel.
“The latest generation of reporting capabilities can help improve the utilization of imaging data for diagnostic decision making,” says Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Director for Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream.
An NIH study concluded that oncologists and radiologists prefer quantitative reports that include measurements as well as hyperlinks to annotated images with tumor measurements, for example.
A report by Emory and ACR shows eight out of 10 physicians will send more referrals to facilities that can offer interactive multimedia reporting – citing the ability to better collaborate with radiologists.
Connecting all of the technology and tools remains important, too, for a visually rich information view, according to Todd Winey, Senior Advisor, Strategic Markets, InterSystems.
For the clinical and diagnostic data to play a more valuable role in patient care improvement, these trends need to be accelerated, Winey insists, which isn’t without challenges.
“VNAs remain only marginally deployed,” he laments. “Many of the advances in radiology information systems and PACS have been focused on productivity improvements for radiologists and are not yet fully supporting advanced interoperability.”
Kao agrees with the foundational importance of a VNA but adds that it shouldn’t stop there.
Depending on an organization’s capabilities, imaging data must be accessible to more than just one clinical segment to be included as part of the decision support process, according to Winey.
Kao says she fully anticipates future reporting functions may include “more intuitive searching capabilities that will link pertinent patient information for a specific condition or disease, even if previous reports did not include the specific word involved in the search command.”
“The goal for enhancing the entire diagnostic process is to provide clinically relevant information when and where it’s needed.”
“New advanced reporting techniques provide information that can lead to improved decision support and diagnostic outcomes.”
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