For many radiologists, a practice acquisition is an attractive option for realizing the dream of self-employment. However, buying a medical practice also means becoming active as an entrepreneur - with all the obligations, opportunities and risks. Taking the step into self-employment should therefore be carefully planned and systematically implemented. This article provides initial guidance on what to consider when taking over a radiology practice.
The staff shortage in healthcare is pushing many hospitals and medical practices to their limits. Radiology is also affected: In many places, staffing ranks stretch thin, and existing personnel are burned out. This poses a massive threat to patient safety and the quality of medical care. What are the reasons for this and what can HR managers do to close the staffing gaps?
Despite their best efforts and expert knowledge, it is impossible for radiologists to completely avoid misdiagnoses. However, as radiological findings often determine the course of subsequent treatment, incorrect or delayed diagnoses have the potential to cause great harm. In this article, we outline crucial liability issues and offer five strategies on how to keep the error rate in radiology as low as possible.
In radiology, there is simply no other choice but to implement consistent workflow optimization. Many practices and departments are facing challenges due to increased economic pressures, more exams, staff shortages and changing organizational environments. So, how can a practice deliver excellent medical services while keeping to practical and financial strictures? The key to this is creating lean and (digitally) optimized processes. This article outlines the most important five steps to achieve greater efficiency in radiology and prepare for future challenges. You can find more detailed information – including checklists and practical examples – in our free handbook.
Wherever people work, there will be mistakes – even in the medical field. If patients are harmed in the process, medical liability applies under certain conditions. Radiology finds itself in a special position here: Although its field of activity is mostly limited to diagnostics, errors can nevertheless have serious medical and legal consequences – for example, if a medically necessary treatment is omitted or delayed due to a diagnostic error. This article clarifies where the main sources of errors in radiology lie, what exactly happens when allegations are made, and how radiology practices can protect themselves from claims for compensation.
ISO 9001 is the best known and most widely used international quality management standard. Originating in the industrial sector, it is increasingly gaining importance in the healthcare sector as well. But does certification according to ISO 9001 have any advantages for radiology practices? What are the requirements and how does the certification process work in practice? This article provides answers to these and other questions.
Whether psychiatric diagnoses or lifestyle (drinking and smoking behavior), patient data contains highly sensitive information and is therefore subject to special legal protection. This data is increasingly available in electronic form due to digitalization in the health sector. This has the potential to improve medical care on an individual and societal level, as networked data allows for more efficient therapies and is also a valuable "raw material" for research. At the same time, however, the requirements for data protection and data security are increasing continually to prevent misusage. An overview of what medical practices and clinics should consider when dealing with patient data.
The general shortage of healthcare professionals has also brought breast cancer screening to its limits: there are fewer and fewer radiologists and radiology technicians (‘MTRAs’), and increasing patient numbers to work through in less time. This has a negative impact on both the working environment and job satisfaction, but above all, it affects the quality of preventive health services for millions of women. Demographic change will only exacerbate the situation in the future. How can we avoid an impending collapse of the healthcare system?