Service lines to fuel growth in a consolidating healthcare market
The future of radiology within IDNs lies in service lines that share common operating objectives with the organization, rather than the current siloed hospital imaging departments. IDNs must work in concert with their employed or partner radiologists to enhance productivity and efficiency. An imaging service line requires seamless integration of professional and technical imaging resources, as part of the IDN’s operating plan, in order to ensure alignment and success.1
How should a service line solution work from a patient’s point of view?
Find out more in the story of Laura
“Medicalis has greatly benefited UCLA and its patient population by providing innovation and agility that can’t be understated. We depend on them to provide solutions that adapt to a constantly changing landscape of regulations and reimbursement. I take great comfort in knowing that our relationship is deep and enduring.” 2
Edward J. Zaragoza, MD
Chief of Radiology Informatics, Clinical Professor
UCLA Radiology at University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.
Can you ensure that the right study is read by the right radiologist for the right reason?
Consolidation into IDNs leads to variability of care resulting from their disparate sites, practices, and IT platforms.
With Medicalis Workflow Orchestrator3 we enable you to organize, optimize, and orchestrate radiologist readings across disparate sites, radiology practices, and IT platforms. The solution provides a Workflow Orchestration layer for the radiologists, offering a single workflow across the IDN to increase radiologist productivity and efficiency, while producing a single-integrated platform to reduce variation in care and improve the quality of patient care across the IDN service line.
Workflow orchestration supports the ability to load balance, based on criteria such as sub-specialty, SLA, and operating plan goals to ensure a strategic alignment between IDNs and radiologists.
Benefit from a single access point that enables even remote reading by the most appropriate radiologist, regardless of their physical location – to improve diagnostic accuracy
Normalize, optimize and standardize information from multiple IT systems on a single integrated platform – to reduce unwarranted variations
Auto-assign exams to the right radiologists through workload balancing capabilities – to increase workforce productivity and efficiency
What is your community engagement strategy to promote growth? Do you find yourself vulnerable to network leakage?
The current challenge for fast-growing regional IDNs is leakage from their network. Patients who aren’t informed of their provider choices and who don’t have an easy way to schedule appointments with these providers are likely to seek services outside the IDN. This not only results in revenue loss for the IDN, it also causes a disruption in care for the patient. Referring providers and specialists also need enhanced communications capabilities with patients as well as peer-to-peer communication in order to maintain and grow the IDN.
The solution: a referral management platform
With Medicalis Referral Management3, we deliver an enterprise integrated imaging referral management solution, which optimizes the use of IDN resources and personalizes the availability and delivery of care to patients. Empowering you to effectively promote your providers, while complimenting your host EHRs, and connects patients with the most optimal physicians.
How a referral management program impacts 4 key stakeholders: your health system, patients, clinicians and referrals
Drive growth and reduce leakage by making your services more visible and available to your referring community
Improves patient access to care because the most appropriate specialist is assigned to cases through aggregated views into disparate scheduling systems
Optimizes clinical pathways between departments and facilitates communication between the providers and specialists
Clinical Decision Support
“By utilizing Medicalis technology integrated with our enterprise EHR, Weill Cornell Imaging hasn’t just optimized its current safety and operational workflows, it’s also well positioned for further reimbursement, regulatory, and operational requirements.” 2
Keith Hentel, MD, MS
Executive Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman for Clinical Operations,
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine,
Department of Radiology New York Presbyterian Hospital. U.S.
How can you you ensure that the most appropriate imaging exams are ordered for your patients? With the ongoing transition in healthcare to value-based care, healthcare providers want to achieve better outcomes while at the same time lower costs. A way to achieve this is to implement clinical decision support. This approach leads to improved patient care, by using evidence based Appropriate Use Criteria at the point of care to improve radiology ordering.
Clinical decision support is critical to the success of the IDN, as up to 26% of all imaging is ordered incorrectly when evidence-based standards are not in place.4
The solution: Leveraging a clinical decision support solution to drive appropriateness in imaging. Enhancing the quality of indications capture, aligned with evidence and best practice, driving to the “Right Order First Time”. While reducing waste, delays in care, and improving Physician to Physician communication. The Medicalis Clinical Decision Support3 Mechanism provides a proven, evidence- based targeted approach focusing on specific modality, indication and clinical area aligning with the Priority Clinical Areas (PCAs) for content delivery.
Qualified Clinical Decision Support mechanisms as of November 2017
Medicalis Clinical Decision Support has been confirmed as a qualified clinical decision support mechanism (CDSM) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program for advanced diagnostic imaging, and it has received full qualification.
Driving the “Right Order First Time”
- Augment the Physician’s workflow with focused structured indication capture
- Decrease alert fatigue and improve clinical relevance, while safely moving work away from Physicians
- EHR embedded workflows
- Meet the PAMA CDS Mandate
1Source: Frost & Sullivan Brief: Fuel Growth in Imaging, Nov 2017, by Nadim Michel Daher, Industry Principal, Medical Imaging and Imaging Informatics
2The statements by customers of Siemens Healthineers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no “typical” hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption), there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.
3Medicalis Workflow Orchestrator, Medicalis Referral Management, and Medicalis Clinical Decision Support are available in the U.S. only. The products mentioned herein are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for further details.
4Source: https://innovation.cms.gov/Files/reports/MedicareImagingDemoEvalRTC.pdf, page 51