By Stephen Harrold, MBA
Ronald Reagan was quoted as saying “Each generation goes
further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of
that generation.” I am sure that Mr. Reagan was not thinking of the evolution
of imaging when he spoke those words; however, it does seem that the next
generation of image-management systems will be built upon the film and PACS
generation that exists today.
The health care industry continues to experience increased imaging
complexity, increased diagnostic-imaging volume and increased competition, all
while facing reduced reimbursements and increased regulatory requirements. New
IT solutions can help medical practitioners work more efficiently thus
improving productivity and reducing costs.
are evolving into broad imaging and clinical information systems and expanding
beyond radiology and typical imaging roles. Increasing departmental and imaging
capabilities will allow better ROI on a solution through leveraged use of IT
infrastructure and less administrative overhead.
These innovative imaging information systems also stimulate focus
on productivity for imaging professionals. Productivity is increasing due to a
truly integrated and seamless user experience that encompasses all aspects of
interpreting diagnostic images (HIS/RIS, PACS,
3D, reporting, specialized clinical applications, and more). Instead of
fumbling between several applications, now clinicians have access to richer
clinical data and diagnostic tools.
Our industry continues to face increased regulatory and quality
requirements. Modern clinical workflow engines are able to coordinate each of
the clinical steps required between all imaging professionals involved in a
case according to a facility’s regulatory and quality requirements.
As our industry continues to evolve and grow in complexity, no
solution can be an island on its own. Imaging systems need to be able to
seamlessly integrate into the EHR to help provide clinicians a complete,
centralized, and accessible picture of the patient’s full health record.
Biography: Stephen Harrold, MBA, is Global Marketing Manager at Agfa
HealthCare, and has 17 years of R&D and marketing experience in medical