Its about the enterprise…

Imaging Strategies helps health systems prepare for and get value from enterprise imaging solutions.

We help you bridge the gap between radiology, cardiology, and all of the service lines that capture and consume medical images.

 

 

  Step Outside of Radiology

Health systems that approach image exchange, clinical decision support, and VNA in the context of the overall enterprise have the greatest successes.  Radiology-led initiatives with active engagement from across the enterprise have the most impact supporting strategic enterprise objectives including referral growth, cost containment, clinical and operational efficiency, telemedicine program expansion, and patient care improvements.

Imaging Strategies help your healthcare system achieve enterprise imaging success

 

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Discovery

A comprehensive understanding of imaging needs across your organization is vital for strategic plan development, vendor selection and deployment.  Our services include:

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Business needs assessment – from finance, IT and clinical departments, to international patient services and telemedicine

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Clinical needs assessment – identify imaging needs and use cases beyond radiology and DICOM

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Prioritizing imaging needs based on relevance to organization’s strategic goals

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Implementation audits—assess success to date, and define a path to improved performance

Governance

Strong, inclusive governance ensures that the broad imaging needs of the enterprise are understood.  It also helps ensure service line engagement and accelerated adoption. We can:

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Define the most effective governance structure for your organization

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Identify strategic and tactical leaders to include and recruit members

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Develop incentives for engagement and adoption

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Evangelize the enterprise value of enterprise imaging internally and externally

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Policy and Workflow

Clinical service lines have unique needs for capturing, obtaining, and viewing images.  We help you understand these needs so you can achieve a fully image-enabled EMR.  We:

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Provide transparency for current-state workflows

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Define future-state workflows to ensure images are appropriately captured, labeled, and accessible via the EMR

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Develop policies for sharing and storing medical images

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Collaborate with your strategic referring facilities to develop workflows to share images and ingest images you send to them

  About Imaging Strategies

Imaging Strategies was founded to help organizations make sense of the rapidly changing world of HIT and health information exchange. With a strong focus on medical image exchange, we also do extensive work in enterprise imaging, referral management, clinical decision support, and leveraging software solutions to support transitions to value-based care and referral growth.

Working with executive leadership to understand an organization’s growth objectives, we provide strategic planning services, workflow evaluation, and software utilization audits and optimization consulting. Our goal is to coach hospital teams to become self-sustaining optimization experts.

Imaging Strategies was founded by Amy Vreeland in 2014. Amy has over 25 years of leadership experience in HIT startups, most recently as co-founder of lifeIMAGE, Inc., where she was Senior Vice President of Product Management, Marketing, and Strategic Accounts, and AMICAS, where she was Vice President Client Services, which was twice ranked Best in KLAS under her leadership.

  Recent Posts

Is your organization getting the most value out of Enterprise Imaging?

We all understand the basics of a successful project. Make clear goals, put a team in place to execute on them, measure success. Then lather, rinse, and repeat, right? Somehow, though, many health systems are not finding this formula to be effective for their Enterprise Imaging (EI) initiatives. Three factors may be contributing. 1. Not having the right mix clinical/business/technical voices on the project  EI initiatives give organizations real opportunities to improve patient care quality and to reduce costs (of both patient care and technology). To take full advantage, it is essential that the project team views the EI project foremost as a clinical and business quality improvement project, supported by technology, rather than a technology project. Often, project teams don’t have the right range of resources engaged (or in some cases available) to approach the project from this strategic perspective.   Effective EI projects include: Executive level governance to articulate the organization’s strategic goals, to set project direction. Clinical participation from service lines that generate, consume, and exchange images. Business and operational staff that can describe the health system’s objectives. Technical staff that can act as translators and configure the software to address the requirements these groups describe. Let’s take one example.  How does your organization think of one important element of an EI project – the large archive(s) of medical images. Is it a costly burden to be managed, or a clinical asset to be mined for AI insights? Or is it a business asset to be monetized working with an AI partner? In all likelihood it is all of these things. Without the right mix of staff and levels... read more
Enterprise Imaging: Value Proposition & Image Exchange

Enterprise Imaging: Value Proposition & Image Exchange

We (the Image Exchange subgroup of the HIMSS-SIIM EI work group) published our first white paper in June, during SIIM 2016 in Portland.  It’s called Considerations for Exchanging and Sharing Medical Images for Improved Collaboration and Patient Care.  (Yes, we know, it’s a mouthful.) It outlines clinical and financial benefits of a sound image-exchange strategy as a component of your Enterprise Imaging plan, and we hope it is helpful to you. Moving forward, I’ll be collaborating with Dr. Chris Roth,Vice Chairman of Radiology, Information Technology and Clinical Informatics a Duke University Medical Centerto co-chair a new subgroup: The EI Value Proposition.  We are lucky to have some very thoughtful people participating in the subgroup with us. While the value of EI is apparent to many of us, lots of organizations are still trying to make sense of it and understand its value.   We plan to provide real-world success stories, lessons learned, and tools to help those just getting started to evangelize and quantify EI value. Some EI value points to consider… Eliminating Redundant Systems and Costs Imaging needs of service lines like pathology, the emergency department, ophthalmology, and dermatology often fly under the radar of IT. They may purchase redundant storage systems, pay redundant systems support fees, and pay for redundant resources to support their own data solo.  Many can be eliminated or consolidated, and provide meaningful savings. Reducing HIPAA Vulnerability These same service lines may use existing cameras, mobile phones, and desktop computers to capture and manage images. The Health and Human Services HIPAA Breach reporting page lists health systems that were fined up to $850,000 for HIPAA breaches might have been avoided with EI. Laptops... read more
Enterprise Imaging: Value Proposition & Image Exchange

Enterprise Imaging: Value Proposition & Image Exchange

We (the Image Exchange subgroup of the HIMSS-SIIM EI work group) are publishing our first white paper during SIIM.  It’s called Considerations for Exchanging and Sharing Medical Images for Improved Collaboration and Patient Care.  (Yes, we know, it’s a mouthful.) It outlines clinical and financial benefits of a sound image-exchange strategy as a component of your Enterprise Imaging plan, and we hope it is helpful to you. Moving forward, I’ll be collaborating with Dr. Chris Roth to co-chair a new subgroup: The EI Value Proposition.  We are lucky to have some very thoughtful people participating in the subgroup with us. While the value of EI is apparent to many of us, lots of organizations are still trying to make sense of it and understand its value.   We plan to provide real-world success stories, lessons learned, and tools to help those just getting started to evangelize and quantify EI value. Some EI value points to consider…   Eliminating Redundant Systems and Costs Imaging needs of service lines like pathology, the emergency department, ophthalmology, and dermatology often fly under the radar of IT. They may purchase redundant storage systems, pay redundant systems support fees, and pay for redundant resources to support their own data solo.  Many can be eliminated or consolidated, and provide meaningful savings. Reducing HIPAA Vulnerability These same service lines may use existing cameras, mobile phones, and desktop computers to capture and manage images. The Health and Human Services HIPAA Breach reporting page lists health systems that were fined up to $850,000 for HIPAA breaches might have been avoided with EI. Laptops and cameras have been stolen – devices that contained clinical photographs of skin and CT scans... read more

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