Emily Hague, Imaging Performance Partnership
Member programs are reporting that patients are increasingly requesting access to their images or quicker access to results, and a study published in April’s Journal of the American College of Radiology helped to quantify this trend. The research presented 53 adult patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s imaging center with scenarios in which results were “nearly normal”, “seriously abnormal”, or “indeterminate”, and aimed to assess patients’ preferences around delivery of results and needs for follow-up resources. Immediate access was the most preferred option for all three of the hypothetical scenarios presented, and more than 80% of patients wanted online access to their results within three days.
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Yesterday, leaders from nine medical societies each released a list of five common medical treatments within their respective disciplines that they believe are overutilized. Interestingly, each society’s list contained at least one imaging procedure and approximately half of the total list of 45 treatments pertained to imaging.
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