Original Article by Rick Barlow Health Management Technology
Walking through the exhibit halls of the Radiological Society of North America’s annual scientific show may provide the ultimate technological shopping experience for diagnostic imaging and information system clinicians and administrators.
Aside from the bells and whistles, device convergence and equipment modularity options that have progressively emerged through the years, providers should be able to spot one convenient, over-arching theme woven through the educational sessions and product demonstrations: “Too much is never enough.” In fact, contemporary imaging technology collects more data on patient conditions and care process workflows than ever before.
But is sheer volume enough to make healthcare delivery more effective and efficient in the long run? Or is it merely a short-term stalling procedure until technology catches up to questionably unrealistic patient care demands? Some contend that improvements in data acquisition must partner with meaningful post-processing analysis and measurements to help convert data to relevant and useful information for patient treatment.
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