An upcoming article in the American Journal of Roentgenology provides another volley in the discussion around the appropriateness of using CT scans for emergency department patients complaining of abdominal pain.
The Debate Continues Over CT Use in the ED
A recent survey, published in this month's Journal of the American College of Radiology, reveals that radiology departments continue to struggle with the logistical challenges of distributing and reviewing medical images via portable media. The survey, administered to both academic and non-academic radiologists, found that while nearly all institutions produced Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)-compliant portable media, less than a quarter produced Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Portable Data for Imaging (IHE PDI)-compliant media. Not surprisingly, with institutions focused on DICOM compliance, the number one problem cited by survey respondents was an inability to read or access portable media due to system incompatibility with non-DICOM-formatted imaging files.
Differing Portable Media Formats Present Access Challenge for Radiologists
As the Partnership prepares for the 2011 National Meeting Series, we are uncovering insightful practices that we would like to share with you. Just recently researchers spoke with administrators at member health systems to ascertain the percentage of profit allocated for the next year's capital expenditures and wanted to share our findings. Each of the systems we spoke with explained that capital budgeting is done as a system and that they do not have direct control over the amount of capital allocated for new technology purchases. Administrators prefer this process over siloed control of capital budgets as the system focused method promotes collaboration and allowed for the hospital to better adhere to its strategic plans.
Capital Budgeting at the System Level