The reading room reality
Radiologists spend just one third of their time on image interpretation
. For the majority of the day they are either supervising studies, performing image-guided procedures, teaching, in meetings, consulting with physicians, or directly caring for patients. Their work day is dynamic and full of interruptions, making effectiveness in the reading room an ongoing challenge.
Being efficient and productive in the dark room becomes increasingly important when radiologists encounter rare and complicated cases that require knowledge of patient history to complement the evaluation of medical images. This often means searching for patient information by manually sifting through multiple, extensive, disorganized and disconnected EMR records. Moreover, the situation is exacerbated by the fact that approximately 80% of patient data is unstructured
(e.g. notes and reports). Reading and understanding this data in order to uncover clinical meaning relevant to the imaging study at hand, disrupts radiologists’ workflow and takes up valuable time. In an age of increasing demands on reading physicians, this is a burden they can hardly afford.
IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review is the first cognitive solution from Watson Health's medical imaging business. To understand customer perceptions of Watson Imaging Clinical Review, we asked a select few members of the Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative
to put it under the microscope. Over a total of 22 hours, we met with 38 professionals from 6 institutions: 5 clinicians, 6 radiologists, 15 administrators and 12 IT leaders for 30-40 minutes each. Here's what they had to say.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) concluded its 2016 annual convention last week in Washington, DC. For better or for worse, this year’s event left many attendees with more questions than answers, including:
HIMSS16 was expected to be the largest national healthcare IT show, uniting healthcare leaders from across the world to transform the way patient care is delivered through information technology. The show brought over 40,000 industry leaders together and with no surprise, did not fall short of expectations.
In 1982, when I started my radiology residency, doctors didn’t use computers. Most of us couldn’t type, but we did have some long-lost skills. We could flip a film onto a view box and shape a catheter using steam from a kettle. For greater reading efficiency, we used “alternators,” a wonderful contraption consisting of 25 or more glass panels driven by conveyor belts so that pre-hung films could be displayed in sequence. Nonetheless, alternators left plenty of room for improvement - they often mangled films, for example. Murphy’s Law mandated that the referring doctor on the phone always wanted to discuss the exam on the glass panel furthest away from display.