Recognising the Power of Medical Imaging on The International Day of Radiology
Radiologists, radiographers, radiological technologists and specialists from other related fields all over the world will today celebrate the seventh annual International Day of Radiology (IDoR 2018).
The event – which is designed to honour Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of x-rays in 1895 – is devoted to educating the public and other medical professionals about the positive impact of medical imaging, and raising awareness about the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care.
Medical imaging is one of the most progressive disciplines in medicine; advancements in x-rays, MRIs and CT scans are changing the way clinical professionals diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses. Yet, while radiologists and radiographers play a vital role in countless medical scenarios as part of frontline patient care, a persistent disconnect between departments is leading to poor collaboration across the healthcare service.
To make matters worse a chronic shortage of radiographers is not only placing pressure on already overstretched radiology departments but is resulting in delays elsewhere in the healthcare system. And while an investment in future staff is extremely welcome news, fresh ways of working are also required.
The future of collaborative radiology
Over the last few years, Wellbeing has been dedicated to enhancing the way diagnostic imaging departments collate and share information with other healthcare disciplines, creating a single view of the patient with our market-leading Radiology Information System (RIS) Cris and network teleradiology platform Cris Connect.
‘Collaboration’ is a watchword for NHS departments and services – and rightly so. Effective healthcare collaboration is the foundation for smoother patient journeys, integrated approaches to care, and better outcomes.
Diagnostic imaging departments are particularly in need of collaborative approaches and practices, given their position at the intersection of a broad range of diagnostic, treatment, and long-term follow-up healthcare services. They need to be able to share study information and patient data seamlessly and securely with numerous other specialities – and receive information back just as easily.
Such a deployment is a major IT project, and it needs to be tackled with care and precision. To help radiology departments who wish to adopt a more collaborative approach, we have created a detailed six-point guide that examines the different elements required for a more collaborative Radiology function, from workflow mapping to the mechanics of image sharing, and harnessing business intelligence.