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Today most health systems are evaluating enterprise image management solutions in much the same way. There are strong strategies and financial directions an organization wants to take, and they seek to find solutions that fit into those strategies. The solutions can’t break the bank, however, and there still needs to be value put on workflow.

– Tom Coppa, senior technical consultant, McKesson Corp.

Technology only becomes meaningful innovation when it makes life better for clinicians and their patients. Better medicine will beat more medicine every time – and it should. Philips is able to think differently because we are dedicated to improving and saving lives across the continuum of care. We develop our solutions in partnership with clinicians and customers and are dedicated to transforming the way care is delivered, including ensuring economic value. As just one example of this, EPIQ, our new first-of-its-kind ultrasound system, can reduce the need for costly repeat exams and reduce exam time by up to 30 percent, translating to a more streamlined workflow that can contribute to cost reductions. This is the kind of thinking behind everything we’re unveiling at RSNA and that’s why we say we are transforming care together.

– Gene Saragnese, executive vice president & CEO, imaging systems, Philips Healthcare

This is an interesting finding and suggests effort in identifying cost-effective technologies. However, many

different aspects of our healthcare system can have an impact on the continually rising healthcare costs in the U.S., among them a fee-for-services reimbursement system; an older, sicker population that tends to need more medical care; and barriers to universal evidence- based practices that improve patient outcomes. In recent years, health spending has been growing at historically low levels. The Office of the Actuary (OACT) in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that national health spending grew by 3.9 percent each year from 2009 to 2011. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of how the economy affects national health spending concludes that this record slow growth rate stems largely from economic factors beyond the health system, with the economy explaining 77 percent of the slow-down. More rapid growth is expected in coming years if the economy strengthens as many expect. And now with the Affordable Care Act launched, there is disagreement on its possible long-term effects on the economy and on the healthcare industry. The digital radiography products and solutions we will showcase at the 99th RSNA are designed to help Radiography Departments increase productivity and flexibility. RadPRO digital Radiography solutions with Canon digital detectors provide high-resolution imaging vital for accurate diagnosis with low dose, and importantly, are designed help our customers accelerate the exam process and gain workflow efficiencies.

– James Hamilton, manager, healthcare marketing, Canon Healthcare Solutions Division

Five steps to a complete enterprise data management strategy By Justin Dearborn

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mages play a key role in nearly every healthcare environment, and industry studies project a dramatic increase in clinical imaging over the

next fi ve years. In fact, the global digital radiology market, specifi cally, is expected to reach $13.3 billion by 2018. Nevertheless, relatively few healthcare organizations are addressing imaging interoperability across their internal departments, or making it a core part of an enterprise data-management strategy aimed at achieving the higher levels of collaborative care necessary in this new era of healthcare. The recent rise in information-sharing standards has led to more physician collaboration than ever before. As a result, providers are implementing technologies that promote comprehensive, longitudinal patient records across the continuum of care. Failure to include imaging in an overall data-management strategy is a mistake for hospitals and health systems. In addition

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to improving collaborative care capabilities, a comprehensive enterprise data strategy that includes imaging will reduce costly duplicate testing, enabling physicians to render more accurate diagnoses and faster, safer treatment plans.

Imaging strategy components

Mention “imaging management,” and many are likely to think of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). While PACS will continue to remain an important part of health system infrastructure well into the future, healthcare organizations must also take steps to make images more readily available to physicians. The key lies in implementing a comprehensive enterprise data strategy that consists

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