March 03, 2021
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed priorities in medical imaging?
In light of the sea change in healthcare brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, PARCA eNews is taking a different approach to its first issue of 2021. Instead of the usual Q&A with a single leader in PACS administration and healthcare IT, we decided to contact a variety of thought leaders from industry, academia and professional organizations to ask a single question –
How has the COVID pandemic changed priorities for enterprise medical imaging and imaging access for radiology departments not just during the pandemic but into the future?
Below are quotes obtained by email or excerpts from articles written by the contributors on this topic.
We know that COVID is primarily a respiratory illness with secondary impacts on other organs such as the brain, kidney and liver. Radiology imaging is critical to diagnosis, treatment and post-acute monitoring. This data is accumulating in volumes, and this velocity of data must be readily available for treatment for individual care as well as public health. While data interoperability was previously seen as an existential threat, we now know that the threat of data silos is real and has existed for way too long.
While the smaller community hospitals and provider institutions have been able to get by using the familiar methods such as burning images to a CD, they are now waking up to the fact that these methods are no longer adequate and, more importantly, are detrimental to patient care and infection control. – Life Image VP of Growth Judy Chong
Originally published by Parca E-News March 3, 2021.