In Ontario, several medical campuses are integrating their QA systems with DiaShare. The platform brings peer review and context-awareness to the radiologists and nuclear medicine practitioners.
In Canada, two affiliates of McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’ Healthcare Hamilton, are launching a citywide peer review pilot project to improve efficiency and transparency in the integrated departments of their diagnostic services. This project will concern itself with quality assurance and collaboration for radiology and nuclear medicine across 9 campuses and over 60 radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. The two medical organizations are using DiaShare QUALITY, a “context-aware peer review software platform” from Real Time Medical, to help them automate QA workflows, integrate them with other reporting workflows, and see all of these QA activities across campuses, with the benefit of analytics.
Context-awareness software to increase productivity
According to Real Time Medical, context awareness refers to “the exhaustive mapping of all contextual parameters that can influence current and future workflows, as well as the dynamic ability to automatically assess the optimal workflow to a single conclusion.” CEO Ian Maynard explains that DiaShare “will automate and optimize the management of the studies and physicians’ reports, and provide an assessment grid for each end-user radiologist to perform quality assurance activities.” Care becomes more patient-centric, and peer review enables automating and optimizing complex workflows that are ordinarily time-consuming. Such software is meant to save time and resources, and can be extended to other clinical diagnostic processes in different fields - “radiology, pathology, ophthalmology, cardiology” and others.
Daily QA monitoring improves the quality of care
The project shifts quality assurance and improvement activities into physicians’ day-to-day work, Maynard tells L’Atelier. First of all, the adoption of daily diagnostic workflow can change behaviors and increase the accuracy and quality of diagnostic services. Second, it should also be easier to measure performance in real time with the new software, and possible to conduct proactive QA for patients. Finally, the system encourages physicians to take a holistic approach - radiologists can be assigned work based on their expertise, rather than when they are available. The software brings new workflows to hospitals while optimizing preexisting ones. In other words, it enables wellness organizations to get additional value from previous investments while benefitting from the newer technology.