Optimizing Emergency Department Imaging Utilization Through Advanced Health Record Technology

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Newswise — Reston, Va. (June 2, 2014) — The June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) focuses on a variety of issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and radiology education and training.

Articles include:
Optimizing Emergency Department Imaging Utilization Through Advanced Health Record Technology
Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, Sayon Dutta, MD, Andrew T. Reisner, MD, Adam B. Landman, MD, Garry Choy, MD, MBA, MSc, Paul Biddinger, MD, Abraham Lin, AB, Neeraj Joshi, MS

Growth in emergency department imaging utilization over the past few decades has necessitated increased oversight. Incorporating a Queriable Patient Inference Dossier (QPID) tool – a programmable health record intelligence system, adding semantic search and knowledge management layers to an EHR system – into the busy emergency departmentED environment may help reduce the overutilization of health resources, including imaging, in this challenging setting.

Emergency Department Imaging: Uncompensated Services Rendered by Radiologists Nationwide
Richard Duszak Jr, MD, Eugene Nsiah, MS, Danny R. Hughes, PhD, Jeff Maze, MBA

More than 28 percent of services rendered by radiologists to emergency department patients are on a completely uncompensated basis, corresponding to a mean $2,584 per month per physician in Medicare dollars for professional services alone.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Utilization in the United States: A Survey of Physician Members of the Society of Breast Imaging
Lara A. Hardesty, MD, Sarah M. Kreidler, DPT, MS, Deborah H. Glueck, PhD

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a promising new technology used by 30% of respondents, but it remains a limited resource with only 11% of users performing all mammograms with DBT, and methods to select which patients receive DBT vary, as do costs to patients.

Effect of an Image-Sharing Network on CT Utilization for Transferred Trauma Patients: A 5-Year Experience at a Level I Trauma Center
Kevin J. Psoter, MPA, Bahman S. Roudsari, MD, PhD, Matthew Vaughn, BS, Gabriel C. Fine, MD, Jeffrey G. Jarvik, MD, MPH, Martin L. Gunn, MBChB

In this study, trends in the utilization of CT between transferred and directly admitted trauma patients before and after the implementation of a large internet-based image-transfer system between a level I trauma center and referring hospitals were examined. CT utilization rates were lower for transfer patients compared with direct-admit patients after 2005, the year the implementation of an image-sharing network began at Harborview Medical Center.

For additional information, or to schedule an interview with a JACR spokesperson, please contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936 or PR@acr.org.


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