By Barbara Dumery
In a recent
post published by Dr. Rasu Shrestha, he discusses the benefits of a
speech-enabled radiology reporting workflow and asks his readers to share their
thoughts on what they think are the breakout innovations and opportunities in
this area. So I’m here today to do just that.
In my opinion, a breakout opportunity in the
radiology reporting space is the ability for radiologists to embellish the
diagnostic report before the bottle goes down river to the referring physician.
Right now you’re probably wondering, “why on Earth is she talking about bottles
and rivers,” so let me explain myself. Think
of the patient’s imaging results as being a message in a bottle and it is
floating down a river – river being the mechanism by which the results are
communicated from the radiologist to the referring physician. The message typically
has interpretations of the diagnosis and recommendations for follow-up;
however, with a data-driven speech-reporting platform, radiologists can add
more information to the bottle before it goes down the river. Now, radiologists
have the opportunity to capture the patient’s actual experience in imaging, not
just their results. For example, with data integration radiologists can easily
include the following in their reports:
- The contrast agent dose that was actually
delivered to the patient. This information is important for the referring
physician because it impacts the patient’s fluid intake and can cause adverse
effects, such as kidney dysfunction.
- The radiation dose exposure, which is important
in determining appropriate follow up exams.
- More detailed ultrasound measurements, which can
provide a much richer picture of the patient’s situation.
By having the opportunity to include more
information in the bottle, the next clinician in the patient’s care cycle can
have a fuller picture of what happened up stream – leading to a more accurate
diagnosis and overall improved patient care.
: to make beautiful with ornamentation : decorate <a book embellished with illustrations>
: to heighten the attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details : enhance <embellished our account of the trip>
Barbara Dumery is the Director of Diagnostics Solutions
Marketing at Nuance Communications. She joined Nuance in
2006 and has over 15 years of experience in healthcare IT. Nuance Healthcare is
the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately
capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable
information. Prior to joining Nuance, Barbara was the Senior Product Manager at
eMed Technologies. She graduated from Tufts University in ’95 with a BSEE in
Electrical Engineering and in ’97 with an MSEE in Electrical Engineering,