Top Imaging Trends for 2018

Imaging technology and patient satisfaction are key when considering strategic planning and budgetary concerns. Watching trends can ensure you are making informed decisions that result in success for your organization. With factors such as legislation, reimbursement rates, and new technology weighing heavily on the market, imaging providers need to be responsive to the ever-changing healthcare environment.

 
Watch or read below to learn more about the most important areas to focus on in 2018.

Consumerism

With insurance deductibles continually increasing, more patients are shopping around to find the best price for their imaging needs. Patients who are on the hook for more of the costs of their care will shop around for their medical needs.

Hospitality

The concept of maximizing the patient experience is no longer limited to clinical outcomes. It is a critical component of the new, broader partnership between radiology practices and patients — one that encompasses not only service quality and cost, but also convenience.

Ambulatory Care

Freestanding imaging facilities offer price competitive, accessible services that attract patients shopping for convenient care. Expansion and increasing market share are top priorities of healthcare executives and shifting non-urgent cases to ambulatory or mobile settings can lessen hospital capacity limits.

Big Data

Savvy radiology leaders utilize big data in market planning decisions for the addition of MRI, PET/CT, CT, digital mammography, DR or other high-end diagnostic imaging technology.

Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

2018 is the year for providers to get their CDS software in place to ensure the appropriateness of an imaging order prior to providing service. With reimbursement denials on the horizon, it is vital for providers to choose CDS software that minimizes the time required to use it and fits well within their existing workflow.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Augmenting doctors’ ability to find key, relevant data, AI can scan images and call up past exams, results and reports consolidating information crucial to patient care. AI can boost workflow efficiency within an imaging department, while at the same time improving care and patient throughput.

3-D printing

A 3-D printing lab in the radiology department can bring a wide range of benefits, including improved surgical preparation, trainee education and inter-departmental collaboration.  In addition to professional services, it will also increase the ‘personalization’ of radiology services to individual patients in line with the industry-wide push toward personalized medicine.

PET/MRI

Combined PET and MRI is an emerging technology that aims to capitalize on the inherent advantages of MRI. Recognizing these advantages, which include decreased radiation dose and increased soft tissue contrast allows the imaging community to determine where PET/MRI will add the greatest value.

Medicare Governance

CMS recently released proposed radiology regulatory updates for the 2018 calendar year. Payment updates, coding changes, and details for Medicare policies regarding clinical decision support and site-neutral payments will all directly impact imaging programs.

Collaboration

In order to deliver the high quality services consumerist patients are expecting, hospital departments and outside facilities need to work together to see things from a care team perspective. Utilizing technology to collaborate with cardiologists, oncologists, etc. allows radiology professionals to become true consultants to referring physicians.

 

Shared Imaging’s unique Functional Service model can help identify your clinical, operational and financial needs allowing you to take advantage of these trends and move forward in the most cost-effective way.

Shared Imaging’s unique Functional Service model can help identify your clinical, operational and financial needs allowing you to take advantage of these trends and move forward in the most cost-effective way.