Interoperability is at the forefront of the fast-paced health IT industry, and medical imaging is one of its key components. Having an efficient imaging strategy in place is imperative, not only for revenue growth, but also for providing effective patient care. Although imaging will continue to play a significant role in healthcare, changes to payment models and new quality measurements raise questions about imaging appropriateness. Some estimates suggest that as many as 30% of all images are unnecessary. The first step in improving both imaging efficiency and appropriateness is to invest in an adequate interoperability strategy.
In a recent Healthcare IT News
article by Steve Tolle, Merge Healthcare’s Chief Strategy Officer, he discusses the three key ways to achieve interoperability success: by connecting with community physicians, optimizing electronic health record (EHR) systems, and managing internal imaging.
“When it comes to getting the most out of interoperability in the context of medical imaging, a wide-ranging infrastructure that starts within but extends far beyond an organization’s four walls is a core strategy healthcare system leaders should consider. As we move toward an environment of value-based purchasing and outcome-driven care, the time is now for organizations to see the significance of imaging as a part of their interoperability strategies,” says Tolle.
Read the full article, Incorporating imaging at the core of your interoperability plan
to learn how to get the most of out your interoperability plan.