Healthcare providers are being asked more and more to share diagnostic data through electronic health records (EHRs), but what kind of impact can that have on patient outcomes?
Like many other industries, the healthcare industry consistently finds itself under the microscope, especially as it attempts to sustain itself under several competing pressures and a relatively unpredictable environment. Through this post I reflect back on a presentation I gave on the top trends of 2017, outlining the subset of issues that remain front and center as key discussion topics as we look ahead.
Spurred by disruptive market entrants and burgeoning consumerism, health systems are increasingly adopting retail principles to better meet consumers’ shifting expectations. Thus, urgent care stakeholders, either as standalone operators or partners with a hospital/health system, must further expand upon their retail offerings in order to fend off increased competition.
Healthcare has long been just on the cusp of massive change and futurists’ favorite subject for predictions. From data and analytics, to patient empowerment, the advancements from the past year may indicate the industry is finally about to reach its most pivotal moment yet. Here are five predictions to watch out for in 2018.
U.S. healthcare has been a monolith of inefficiency, limited access, and untenable costs for decades, due mainly to a lack of healthy competition. Today’s healthcare landscape, however, spurred by converging market forces, is rapidly evolving into a competitive marketplace, with urgent care being one of the key catalysts for this welcomed and long overdue change.
Reflecting on the Biggest Trends and Topics in Radiology in 2017
Policy battles in Washington, D.C., can seem very far away from the day-to-day activity of taking care of patients. Many of us chose this profession because we wanted to make a direct, immediate impact on people's lives. In contrast, the political process is slow-moving and often frustrating. However, orthopaedic surgeons can achieve real policy successes when we get involved.
Urgent message: Payment models seem to evolve as quickly as the urgent care markets itself. Keeping up to speed is essential for continued growth in revenue—if not survival. Here, we weigh the relative merits of some of the most common reimbursement models.
I still vividly remember the protocol for a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis from 1993. “Give two cups of barium to drink one hour prior to scanning, two cups 30 minutes prior to scanning and one cup on the table just before scanning,” it read. “Parameters included 5-mm scans with a 1.5-mm pitch helically, from domes of the diaphragm to the iliac crest with axial images through the pelvis.” These were the notes handwritten by our chief radiologist for each and every patient requiring the protocol. There were never any shortcuts taken or shorthand used; each protocol was painstakingly written.
More and more medical procedures are moving to the strip mall, thanks to high-deductible insurance plans that are turning patients into penny-pinchers.Hospital systems like Edward-Elmhurst Health are reacting, hedging their bets on what have been lucrative captive practices. Last year it invested $7 million in an outpatient MRI provider that is now poised to grow with backing from another hospital system.