Workflow, patient volume, and practice needs are constantly evolving. It’s important to find solutions that can adapt to the changes within your organization without disrupting your business.
The latest version of Merge PACS™
can help by allowing you to maintain your business continuity, streamline your workflow, and simplify your breast imaging hardware. Is it time to considering upgrading your current technology? Check out the top 5 reasons to upgrade to Merge PACS 7.1.
Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas is an 86-bed, community supported hospital focused on compassion, innovation, accountability, and stewardship. The hospital was challenged with disjointed workflow for breast imaging and mammography reading across multiple reading stations.
On October 20, 2015, the American Cancer Society issued new guidelines
recommend that less screening for breast cancer is better than more. In its wake, the debate around screening mammograms continues. The American Cancer Society now recommends women to begin screening at age 45, rather than age 40. For women of average risk over the age of 54, the annual mammogram recommendation has been reduced to biennial. The number of screening mammograms dropped by 5.72% within three months when the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) adjusted its screening mammogram recommendation age to 50. How will the ACS’s new guidelines affect your practice and how will you weather the “breast imaging storm?”
For many years, mammograms have been at the center stage of all breast imaging. And while still an integral part of breast screening, new legislature is shaping the entire breast imaging workflow. With the rise in density awareness, mammograms are beginning to take a backseat to other modalities, such as ultrasounds, screening MRs, breast nuclear medicine, and of course, tomosynthesis. Now is the time to reevaluate your workflow, stay current with the changes, and provide the best, most efficient services to your patients.