Turn Around Time or TAT – An essential concept for many radiology practices or any patient care delivery organization.
An article entitled Are Your Physicians Happy? appeared in RT Image in 2005. Granted, it was several years ago, but the article highlights the importance of understanding key radiology processes, knowing the cycle time of each process, and identifying the “weak” areas. The radiology workflow discussion and approach is still valid today, especially if the objective is to improve TAT.
What has changed today is that many radiology practices and diagnostic imaging centers are embracing the HL7 standard more and undertaking healthcare integration initiatives to take TAT to the next level of performance in their radiology operations.
The points in all of this are simple:
- Understanding the key activities, steps, and metrics in your radiology processes is still essential today, just as it was in 2005. In fact, it may be more important.
- Enabling the workflow has improved with HL7 and interface engine solutions.
- Are your physicians happy? Delivering better TAT will assist in strengthening physician relationships and expanding your referring physician community. An even more important concept in today’s competitive and changing market.
Gain more insights on this important topic of radiology TAT and HL7 through two white papers:
- Rethinking Radiology
- The New Radiology Rallying Point: A Logical Model for Creating Leverage in Radiology Operations
What are your experiences in enhancing TAT through HL7 interfacing?
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