Survey: Digital Tomosynthesis and Cloud-Based Image Sharing Are on Radiology Providers’ Radars | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Survey: Digital Tomosynthesis and Cloud-Based Image Sharing Are on Radiology Providers’ Radars

November 30, 2015
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

There continues to be rapid advancements in medical imaging technology and many radiology providers see breast tomosynthesis as one of the most exciting new and emerging imaging technologies, according to a peer60 report on trends in medical imaging and technology.

According to the peer60 survey, half of radiology providers surveyed mentioned breast tomosynthesis as the most exciting new imaging modality technology, with 22 percent citing portable DR. Other technologies cited by survey respondents as exciting new imaging modality technologies include PET/MR, dose reduction CT and EOS.

When it comes to imaging IT technology, 26 percent of the radiology providers surveyed said they were the most excited about cloud-based image sharing, while 23 percent said VNA, 16 percent said advances in dose management and 11 percent said clinical decision support. Other technologies cited include universal viewers, analytics and CAD.

The peer60 report reflects a survey of 554 healthcare providers from about 840 healthcare facilities over several weeks in November 2015. The providers represent more than 15 percent of radiology imaging departments across the country, including chiefs of radiology, imaging directors, PACS administration, IT managers and executives, according to peer60.

Of the survey respondents, 35.5 percent were directors of radiology/imaging, 24.8 percent were PACS admins, 18.3 percent were managers of radiology/imaging, 7.8 percent were radiologists, 5.5 percent were chiefs of radiology, 4.6 percent were IT managers and 3.5 percent were executives.

When asked what technologies providers in radiology were most serious about purchasing, the top option was radiation dose monitoring (49 percent), followed by speech recognition then image sharing and VNA and PACS rounded up the top 5 technologies. Survey respondents also noted they were interested in purchasing enterprise imaging platform technologies as well as advanced visualization and digital X-rays.

Radiology providers also were surveyed about their preferred imaging IT vendors, with 14 percent naming Nuance, 12.7 choosing Agfa and 10.2 percent choosing Fuji. After those top three, respondents mentioned, in ranking order, McKesson, Siemens, Visage, Merge (IBM), Carestream , GE, Perceptive, M*Modal and Vital Images.

As part of the survey, radiology providers also were asked to identify the top reasons why they prefer one vendor over another. Close to a quarter of respondents said the functionality of the vendors’ solutions was their top reason, followed by quality of their solutions and customer support and service (both with about 20 percent of respondents). Thirteen percent of radiology providers said the solutions ability to integrate well into their systems was an important factor while cost of ownership was mentioned as an important factor by only 5.8 percent of radiology providers.

When asked to name their preferred modality vendor, 36. 8 percent of radiology providers named GE, followed by Siemens (23 percent), Philips (16 percent) and Toshiba (12 percent). The following vendors also were named, but by only around 2 to 3 percent of radiology provider survey respondents: Fuji, Carestream, Shimadzu and Agfa.

Radiology providers identified their modality vendors’ top qualities and 54 percent said quality and functionality of their modalities. About 22 percent of survey respondents listed exceptional customer support as a top quality, followed by attentive account management, highly integratable and total cost of ownership.

Get the latest information on Medical Imaging and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.

AMIA Warns of Tax Bill’s Impact on Graduate School Programs in Informatics

Provisions in the Republican tax bill that would count graduate student tuition waivers as taxable income would have detrimental impacts on the viability of fields such as informatics, according to the American Medical Informatics Association.

Appalachia Project to Study Relationship Between Increased Broadband Access, Improved Cancer Care

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute have joined forces to focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

Survey: By 2019, 60% of Medicare Revenues will be Tied to Risk

Medical groups and health systems that are members of AMGA (the American Medical Group Association) expect that nearly 60 percent of their revenues from Medicare will be from risk-based products by 2019, according to the results from a recent survey.