Today kicks off day one of RSNA 2016, the world’s largest gathering of radiologists that comes annually to McCormick Place in Chicago, and this year the American College of Radiology’s Imaging 3.0 initiative takes center stage as specialists adapt to new payment models.
Imaging interoperability, we believe, will pave the way to better-quality care for patients and better economics for all stakeholders in healthcare. lifeIMAGE President and CEO Matt Michela recently published an article at the Health IT Outcomes blog, in which he lays out how that will happen:
“Having an enterprise imaging strategy that breaks down data silos and promotes the free flow of imaging information throughout the enterprise and beyond — to physicians outside the firewall involved in, for example, consults and second opinions — is essential to accomplishing value-based reimbursement. Instead of continuing to create duplicate, unnecessary tests and exposing patient populations to unneeded radiation, imaging needs interoperability. Imaging 3.0 will improve patient safety and satisfaction, boost care quality, and create value in a variety of new ways.”
Value-based imaging will only happen when interoperability initiatives reach far beyond radiology, under the steerage of those guiding enterprise IT. Bringing true value to a traditional fee-for-service structure takes vision, planning and leadership, but there will be payoff as healthcare move into a quality-based system focused on patient needs and outcomes.
At RSNA? Be sure to drop by booth #1550 in the South Hall to see how the latest lifeIMAGE 5.0 features enhance care workflows and how Client Outlook’s eUnity gives us an incredible new look.