Medical imaging is one of the most costly components of patient care. Data from the American College of Radiology indicates that diagnostic imaging accounts for 10 percent ($100 billion) of total annual healthcare costs¹. At least part of these staggering costs can be attributed to the fact that so many exams simply shouldn’t have to happen. In fact, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital
in Boston, MA, have estimated that a significant amount of studies—nearly 9 percent—are unnecessary or redundant².
In today’s orthopedic market, practices are facing significant growth in patient volumes, mainly due to an aging population
. Given the corresponding growth in medical imaging, and the fact that images are essential for accurate care decisions, many orthopedic practices are seeking robust and cost-effective information systems capable of recovering data during unforeseen disasters while economically storing and managing images with other providers. A cloud solution can help.
As reimbursement challenges grow for outpatient imaging, many practices struggle to remain profitable. However, with the right technology, it’s possible to stay ahead of the curve. One organization, Outpatient Imaging Affiliates (OIA), is meeting the challenge head on, turning a difficult reimbursement landscape into a period of growth while also improving efficiency.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), a 600-bed academic medical center, faced the dual challenges of long-term image storage and lack of true disaster recovery for full-fidelity images. With the implementation of Merge interoperability solutions, these important issues were addressed, workflow was improved and CCHMC now plans to further expand its archive beyond radiology and cardiology, across all specialties.