In a radiology practice that employs state-of-the-art imaging technology, doctors are often continuing to shuffle through papers to find the information they need. While adopting a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) solution is widely viewed as critical to improving the workflow, other technology advances are commonly ignored. In many instances, supporting clinical information is only available as a paper document. The radiologist, as a result, juggles digital images, papers, and dictation equipment.
This type of radiology workflow severely limits a radiologist’s mobility at a time when many imaging centers have multiple locations that provide professional services for hospitals and other facilities. Sub-specialization poses an even greater challenge to provide the right expertise for each patient in a timely fashion.
Rethinking radiology workflows should be done, because workflows, like the radiological interpretation process,now have the opportunity to be optimized with technology solutions beyond PACS. To begin enhancing the workflow:
- Document critical radiology workflows
- Understand the gaps between the current state and desired state
- Evaluate technologies that can close the radiology workflow gaps
- Implement the changes
Measure and adjust as needed.
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