Many of us in healthcare find ourselves at an interesting crossroads…We know we need to bring a higher level of interoperability
to our medical imaging processes, but we also know – or are at least beginning to realize – that it will take time, effort and money to do the job right and to do it well.
Now that it’s been a couple of days since my colleagues and I returned from the 99th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting
in Chicago, we’ve had some time to digest all of the conversations from the show floor, sessions and client meetings. With more than 55,000 attendees, 600 technical exhibits and hundreds of posters and educational sessions, there’s no question that RSNA remains among the world’s most prominent medical conferences.
According to RadiologyMU.org
, radiologists who have attested for Meaningful Use have received approximately $60 million in incentive funds. In spite of this staggering statistic, only 12% of radiologists have attested for Meaningful Use. So where’s the discrepancy?
Besides being a great place to walk off all those Thanksgiving Day calories, the cavernous twin exhibit halls of the RSNA Annual Meeting
here in Chicago will offer up the latest trends and technologies in radiology. This year is no exception, especially for those looking to learn more about PACS, informatics and interoperability.
At the risk of stating the obvious, accountable care organizations (ACOs), at their most fundamental level, are about accountability
– holding member physicians, hospitals and other providers accountable
for the quality and cost of the care they give their patients. After all, an ACO’s primary mission, when all is said and done, is to improve quality, reduce costs and increase efficiency by coordinating patients’ healthcare needs.
One of the webinars that we held last month was about two big programs with really big changes coming next year: ICD-10 and Meaningful Use and how they will affect imaging centers and orthopedic practices. I’ll share a few takeaways here. You’re welcome to visit our website any time and watch the recording
If you’re a healthcare provider and looking at ICD-10 and MU2, you might be a bit stressed about 2014… like new baby or new job kind of stressed. Like with many stressful situations though, I think there are some really positive things to look forward to once you get through it all.