Re-Engineering Radiology to Optimize Value Innovation: The Return of the "Doctor’s Doctor"

Re-Engineering Radiology to Optimize Value Innovation: The Return of the "Doctor’s Doctor" • July 8, 2015 • Paul J. Chang, MD • Online

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Radiology practices have benefited from the adoption of electronic-based information technology, especially with respect to practice efficiency.  However, electronic tools, such as PACs, RIS, and speech recognition (along with their associated workflow), are still relatively immature and arguably support only “commodity-level” capability. Accordingly, these technologies can and have been exploited to commoditize and “outsource” radiology services. There is a critical need for a new generation of “meaningful innovation” in radiology IT that will allow radiology to maximize value to patients and other stakeholders throughout the enterprise.  However, unless radiologists  are willing to dramatically re-engineer their own attitudes and practices, radiologists will not only fail to effectively use these advanced electronic tools, but they will facilitate the perceived devaluation of radiology and participate in its marginalization and commoditization.  Radiologists must be “value innovators” who maximally leverage information technology to ensure their relevance and value to patient care through measurable improvements in quality, efficiency, and safety.

 

Credits

This Level 3 elective course will cover competency 5.2.3 in the Strategic Planning domain of the RLI Common Body of Knowledge and award 1 RLI credit and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement The American College of Radiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement The American College of Radiology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity 

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