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National Survey of Radiologists Reveals Systemic Problems Hurting Industry and Patient Care
Date:12/3/2008

isks of overexposure to radiation are all the unfortunate byproducts of information systems that can't speak to each other in real time."

The study also found that well over half of radiologists (62%) cite access to patient medical records as an impediment to their work and ninety-six percent agreed or strongly agreed that this problem creates medical risks for patients.

"The inability of physicians, hospitals, patients, insurers and government agencies to communicate with each other creates a legacy of waste, inefficiency, cost, and most importantly, serious risk to patient safety," said John B. Macfarlane, CEO of Compressus Inc, a medical imaging software company. "True interoperability between the information systems of all these players is a vital piece to solving the health care puzzle."

The research also reported that the radiology industry has reached a workflow tipping point. Eighty-four percent of radiologists surveyed, report not having enough time to access each scan, read it, and deliver results. In addition, eighty-one percent cite handling the increasing number of radiology scans as a challenge to their effectiveness. These problems will only be compounded as the 79 million members of the boomer generation - the largest in our history - continue to age they will place enormous demands and pressure on an already overburdened industry.

"With increasing demand, critical staffing shortages, fluctuating reimbursement, and regulatory issues, radiologists are entering a perfect storm of workflow inefficiency," said Dr. Anastos. "Without real time interoperability throughout the healthcare enterprise, diagnostic turnaround can grind to a halt resulting in longer hospital stays, increased costs and delayed treatment for potentially life-threatening
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