4 Reasons Why Modularity Is More Important
No one can afford to move slowly in the rapidly shifting technological landscape of 2020. The patient population is changing, and they are demanding that convenience be a more crucial part of their care. Small imaging centers and departments might think that their small size and proportionally small budget will make it difficult to keep up, but they would be wrong about that…
Big organizations, like big ships, take a long time to change direction. Small to mid-size organizations with less stakeholders are much better positioned to react quickly to needed changes in 2020.
However, these small to mid-size companies can lose their unique advantage if they tie themselves to a large, all-inclusive, pre-packaged enterprise imaging software. When it is time to add new features to make their workflows more efficient, these companies can become just as bulky and encumbered as the big organizations.
The shift to purchasing “best-of-breed” components to effectively build one’s own digital imaging workflow was made especially popular in 2014 when the concept of “Deconstructed RIS/PACS” was in high circulation. Companies that have since made the shift might find themselves in a very advantageous position coming into 2020. Why? Well…here are four reasons.
1. Greater ability to keep up with the rapidly shifting technological landscape.
2019 saw massive innovations, particularly in the realm of AI-assisted reading and image processing. As AI accessibility continues to increase, AI will improve many areas of the imaging workflow beyond image processing. You’ll see functionalities like checking imaging reports for consistency, prepopulating reports with AI preliminary findings, validating scheduling, unlocking more insight with advanced analytics, and much more.
AI isn’t the only advancement to watch. The new Appropriate Use Requirements will require some advanced imaging procedures to utilize Clinical Decision Support mechanisms before they can be billed. Imaging teams that integrate a CDSM like medQ’s into their current software can automatically flag orders needing CDS, launch the CDS mechanism, and obtain the required documentation for Medicare reimbursement.
Each technological advancement will take place in different parts of the imaging workflow and will be provided by different vendors at different times. Imaging departments and practices using a modular or unbundled imaging software will be able to upgrade or replace components with their respective enhancements as they become available, without waiting for system-wide upgrades or the sufficient funds to replace the whole system.
2. Able to take advantage of their supplier’s expertise on interoperability
Providers of unbundled enterprise imaging solutions are a special breed. Every deployment of their software includes integrating with multiple different systems from multiple different suppliers. They eat-drink-sleep interoperability out of necessity—as a matter of survival.
Support and implementation teams from these vendors, because of their daily experience, are well-oiled integration machines—perfectly positioned to ensure the 2020 imaging workflow enhancements are implemented while maintaining the system’s interoperability and functionality.
3. Manage their risk via diversification
You’ve heard it before, “don’t put all your eggs in the same basket.”
Just like analog x-ray rooms, CRs, and recently even Windows 7, there are technologies that were just not built to keep up with the technologies of 2020. Trying to force these legacy technologies to work nicely with the state-of-the-art, will bog down the whole system and breed frustration without satisfactory results.
Inevitably, elements of your technological workflow will stop being supported. By diversifying your software solutions and suppliers, you give yourself the ability to drop and replace one or two elements without bringing the whole organization to a stand-still.
You might not even have to do that if you are already using a modular imaging solution.
Suppliers of modular solutions have a much easier time keeping their products up to date. because they can improve them in isolation. Tweaking this function here, won’t break that module there, because they are kept separate.
This means modular enterprise imaging software providers can update your solution more frequently and with less hassle than your typical supplier.
4. Greater flexibility ensures a more “perfect fit”
Have you ever been to a party in large venue, only to have so few people show up that you could have just met at someone’s house? What about a sporting event where only half of the seats were filled?
Many mid-size imaging practices and departments won’t need (and definitely will not want to pay for) all of the shiny new capabilities that 2020 will bring to the imaging workflow. Rather, they will prioritize enhancements that will make the most impact with the least amount of disruption and cost.
Those who have a modular enterprise imaging solution will find it much easier to pick and choose these enhancements without having to pay for unneeded features included in a package.
medQ has been the imaging industry’s modular enterprise imaging solution for over 27 years. If you are looking to go modular for your enterprise imaging solution, schedule a Free Workflow Review with one of medQ’s Workflow Consultants here. Its what we do best.