Vital Signs - Review of HIMSS 2015 - Imaging Meets Population Health with Dose Management
Imaging informatics grabbed its fair share of attention and left its footprint on the HIMSS 2015 show floor. The notable presence of imaging at HIMSS is attributable mainly to the field’s shift in focus from departmental solutions to enterprise solutions over the past few years. As part of this shift, imaging vendors are increasing efforts to promote a new generation of solutions, including vendor-neutral archives, enterprise viewers, image sharing and enterprise workflow orchestrators. These product areas are not, however, where the HIMSS 2015 messaging and the imaging 3.0 concept have the highest convergence. HIMSS 2015’s “big themes” – interoperability, patient engagement, population health – actually have the most sensible implications on imaging in matters that directly affect patient safety and care outcomes, and dose management in medical imaging is certainly one of those.
Industry insiders concur: this time, the deadline set by the Joint Commission will not get pushed back past the current July 2015 closing date, as it was in July 2014. The new standards, which mandate diagnostic imaging providers nationwide to establish and document reliable processes for collecting, storing and reporting patient radiation doses will, in all likelihood, enter into effect in less than three months. The Joint Commission’s revised requirements come in the wake of recent legislation in various states (California, Texas, Connecticut, with others likely following suit), and in the midst of a wide rise of dose awareness among patients and dose consciousness among physicians within and beyond the imaging community. Together, these various initiatives outlined in Figure 1 all converge to make dose optimization a key quality driver for medical imaging in value-based healthcare.
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Imaging informatics did grab its fair share of attention and footprint on the HIMSS 2015 showfloor.This is attributable to the field’s ongoing focus shift away from departmental solutions, to enterprise solutions: vendor neutral archives, enterprise viewers, image sharing and enterprise workflow orchestrators. These products areas are not, however, where the HIMSS 2015 messaging and the Imaging 3.0 concept have the highest convergence. HIMSS2015’s ‘big themes’ – interoperability, patient engagement, population health – actually have the most sensible implications on Imaging in matters that directly affect patient safety and care outcomes – and dose management in medical imaging is certainly one of those.
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