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Two radiology departments have deployed automated tracking systems: one solves the critical results reporting problem and the other takes on management of unexpected findings

Radiology Business

On September 9, 2013, Cheryl Proval, editor, Radiology Business Journal, moderated “The Boston Experience: Radiology’s Value Proposition in the New Health-care Paradigm,” a panel discussion held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the RBMA Fall Educational Conference.  The meeting location offered a unique opportunity to explore radiology’s changing value proposition under health-care reform with a panel that represents hospital-based radiology, outpatient radiology, and the payor community.

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Paul J. Chang, MD, FSIIM, says, “Because of the external expectations that we will all do more in radiology with less time and fewer resources, we are now entering a maturation phase that I call image management. The emphasis, now, is on understanding what we do to help the value proposition. The key is now measurable improvement in efficiency,

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