Nearly three years ago, SIIM and I partnered on a survey that spawned out of the idea from some leaders that “Radiology has Solved the Problems of Going Digital”. Recently, Health Imaging wrote an article based on a Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) paper, “State of Integration Between PACS and Other IT Systems: A National Survey of Academic Radiology Departments“, that detailed how widespread imaging integration with the EHR was at academic institutions.
JACR shared that 53% of academic imaging institutions surveyed, despite all of their resources (FTE/budget), don’t have bi-directional EHR integration. This is another reinforcing example of why the problems of going digital have not been solved.
Even though Enterprise Imaging is clearly being pursued by leading academic institutions/private practices/community health systems, we can’t forget that while technology may be available to solve the problems of going digital, that doesn’t mean that the problems have actually been solved.
We as an industry need to move beyond CAN, fight against MIGHT, and need to focus on DO.
Brad Levin is the General Manager, North America, for Visage Imaging. He is a frequent industry speaker and author, with a more than 20-year imaging career spanning government, consulting, and commercial roles.