Taking Innovation into RSNA's Second Century
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Nuance among RSNA Exhibitors Presenting Keys to Radiology's Future
As the Radiological Society of North America enters its second century, the transformation of medicine that is taking place offers challenges to radiology—but it also offers great opportunities to find solutions. RSNA, radiologists and industry professionals worldwide collaborate to bring those solutions to practice. Many of those solutions aimed at meeting new challenges that are just appearing on the horizon will be on view as the radiology community gathers this week for RSNA 2015.
Radiologists struggle to find the right information necessary for diagnosis and to get reports into the hands of clinicians. At the same time, medicine is acknowledging that the siloed way in which health care institutions once managed patient information is no longer relevant in a world where patients move through their care pathways from facility to facility.
And, of course, as we move from a fee-for-service model to a value-based healthcare model, benchmarks and guidelines throughout the industry will call for the collection and accurate analysis of more and more complex data.
Among the companies working to provide the tools to meet these challenges is Nuance, whose PowerScribe® 360 reporting tool is in the hands of one out of two radiologists today, and whose PowerShare™ Network is a cloud-based process that ensures information—and not just images—is transferred seamlessly to an office on another floor, or to a peer on the other side of the world.
Karen Holzberger, vice president and general manager for diagnostics at Nuance, pointed out three important ways PowerScribe 360 and PowerShare Network will help the industry meet those challenges.
First is the ability of PowerScribe 360 to collect diagnostic images, then incorporate data from other sources as well—like the Radiology Information System—enabling the radiologist to efficiently enhance radiology reports and supply ordering physicians with the data they need to make better care decisions.
"Our goal," Holzberger said, "is to provide more information into decision-making so that radiologists have all they need at their fingertips to get it back to the ordering doctor, who knows what to do next around that patient's care pathway."
Second is what she called the "fabric of collaboration" that the PowerShare Network can provide as it now connects 3,000 healthcare institutions, giving them "the ability to share images and information in a more meaningful way than the traditional way of starting over" each time a patient visits a new facility.
Holzberger used the example of a cancer patient who will likely be treated in tertiary care at a specialized hospital but has lived in a community and seen other health care providers, all of whom could provide meaningful information about his or her care—if only the specialists treating the patient had a way to retrieve it.
Finally, as the radiology community works to develop industry-wide guidelines over the next few years that will deal with the appropriateness of diagnostic testing, it will be vital to measure outcomes on a grander scale than ever before. Nuance's solutions will be some of the tools that make that possible.
"You'll see us start to close that loop about inbound information from the EMR and the outbound images and information," Holzberger said.