We received a question recently from the director of imaging at an institution that is planning to restructure hospitals services consistent with a center of excellence (COEs) strategy. The organization will be forming several different COEs for key service lines, including oncology, cardiovascular services, orthopedics, and others. The question posed was, what does such a COE strategy mean for imaging services? Should the department physically redistribute their equipment in some way? How can the imaging department measure their contributions to each COE? I wanted to provide some of my thoughts below.
Implications of COE Strategy for Imaging