Lead­er­ship, Prac­tices, and Tech­nol­ogy: Broad­en­ing the Per­spec­tive on Manag­ing Ra­di­a­tion Dose

Modern Healthcare - - PERSPECTIVES -

“De­liv­er­ing the right care to the right pa­tient, at the right time, with the ap­pro­pri­ate ra­di­a­tion dose” is a key goal ex­pressed by the health­care com­mu­nity when dis­cussing their ra­di­a­tion man­age­ment pro­grams. While it may sound sim­ple, it takes dili­gence to im­ple­ment in to­day’s en­vi­ron­ment. Whether it is in a sin­gle hos­pi­tal or a hos­pi­tal sys­tem, the com­plex­ity of im­ple­ment­ing this goal in­creases when the health­care provider has a mix of equip­ment and tech­nolo­gies, dif­fer­ent pro­to­cols and pro­cesses to man­age, a broad group of ex­ist­ing and cur­rent users who may have dif­fer­ing lev­els of knowl­edge, and a pa­tient pop­u­la­tion with unique mix of med­i­cal con­di­tions and con­sid­er­a­tions. How­ever, this chal­lenge can be suc­cess­fully ad­dressed with a com­pre­hen­sive and ded­i­cated dose man­age­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance strat­egy us­ing tools and meth­ods that are cur­rently avail­able. To­day, the con­ver­sa­tion and ac­tiv­ity is fo­cused on the de­vices. While the tech­nol­ogy is clearly im­por­tant, the peo­ple and pro­cesses sur­round­ing that tech­nol­ogy are equally im­por­tant. In fact, without the ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment, even the most so­phis­ti­cated of tech­nolo­gies may not be enough. To help, GE Health­care has de­vel­oped a pro­gram­matic ap­proach to lower dose, the GE Blue­print. The GE Blue­print is based on the be­lief that ef­fec­tive dose man­age­ment re­quires a holis­tic ap­proach that helps en­sure that highly skilled and trained health­care pro­fes­sion­als ap­ply the most ap­pro­pri­ate imag­ing tools and meth­ods, un­der well-con­structed poli­cies and ev­i­dence-based best prac­tices, for each pa­tient, based on their med­i­cal need.

GE Blue­print sup­ports health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions with in­for­ma­tion to help them proac­tively ad­dress key op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove the way they man­age ra­di­a­tion across their en­ter­prise.

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