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Rasu Shrestha on radiology innovations, interoperability obstacles

RSNA 2015 spotlights radiology innovation in cloud, analytics and 3D printing, said Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chair of the RSNA Scientific Program Radiology Informatics Subcommittee.

CHICAGO -- As the biggest U.S. healthcare technology conference and show -- the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) -- kicked off, radiology IT expert Rasu Shrestha, M.D., was optimistic about the future of innovation in medical imaging. He also said more progress in interoperability is needed.

Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been recently writing about new technologies' effects on radiology and health IT, interoperability challenges, and the ongoing changeover to value-based reimbursement.

In this podcast on the eve of RSNA 2015, Shrestha told SearchHealthIT that he expects a lot of "airplay" for new radiology technologies, such as analytics, cloud and 3D printing at the conference.

Even so, with interoperability gaps still hampering radiology, Shrestha said radiology must learn how to cope effectively with the new reimbursement model, amid higher costs and modern constructs, such as accountable care organizations and medical homes.

Picture archiving and communication systems and vendor neutral archives are also part of the new-school radiology mix, he said.

In the meantime, Shrestha is looking at other innovative approaches to radiology IT, such as structured reporting -- which inserts radiological and other medical images into the longitudinal patient health record -- and gamification.

"How do we do create the report of the future?" Shrestha asked in the podcast.

As for gamification, a popular patient engagement strategy in mHealth apps, Shrestha said it could also be incorporated in specific attributes for designing the user interfaces that radiologists look at all day.

This sort of "design thinking," as Shrestha implied, might even make radiology -- a frequently all-too-deadly serious specialty -- fun.

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This was last published in November 2015

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