How Streamlined Study Comparison Workflow can Improve Radiology Productivity, Clinical Confidence and Customer Service
Healthcare providers face a conundrum as the ubiquity of PACS and connected clinical IT systems make prior imaging studies more likely to be available. While the additional information can increase clinical confidence, it also places a burden on radiologists, as most studies with comparisons take longer to read than studies without comparisons. This can be particularly confounding for high RVU studies that are further complicated by prior comparisons, but whose RVU does not change with the existence of prior studies.
For various reasons, easily implemented, automated and accurate solutions to the study comparison challenge have not been broadly available. In this paper we will review the impact of this growing challenge and how addressing it can benefit the entire healthcare enterprise.