February 16, 2016

Informatics Committee Examines Technology Solutions to Support Patient-Centered Care

Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Announces New Committee Members, Under Leadership of Tessa Cook, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, and Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, University of Virginia

Reston, VA — The Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care Informatics Committee will help develop technology solutions that empower patients as part of radiology’s transition to an increasingly robust patient- and family-centered model of care.

“Informatics Committee members will examine technology solutions that support patient- and family-centered care, enhancing the patient experience while increasing efficiency and reducing costs through improved workflow and communications,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, commission chair. “Patient engagement is a critical element in the redesign of the country’s health care system — and this affects how we create, store, find, manipulate and share information,” added Rawson, the P.L., J. Luther and Ada Warren Professor and chair of radiology and imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Informatics Committee members will support work of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Commission on Informatics. The commission’s four committees will be unique and include former and current patients, ACR members representing diverse subspecialties and allied colleagues.

The Informatics Committee chair is Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, chief of 3-D and advanced imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Cook is also the fellowship director of imaging informatics in the radiology department of Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The vice chair is Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Krishnaraj is also the director of the division of body imaging, section chief of abdominal imaging and co-director of the body procedures service. He is the co-editor of the Journal of the American College of Radiology Imaging Informatics Resource Center.

Committee members include:

  • Christine M. Abbott, patient adviser and administrative specialist for facilities support services, Augusta University Medical Center, Augusta, GA
  • William J. Brennan Jr., MA, RT (R) (CT) CIIP, ASRT, board chair and senior systems engineer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, South Beach, NY
  • Ruth C. Carlos, MD, MS, FACR, professor of radiology and assistant chair of clinical research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • J. Raymond Geis, MD, FACR, ACR IT Informatics Commission vice chair and assistant clinical professor of radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
  • Stephen H. Hobbs, PhD, professor emeritus, department of psychological sciences, Augusta University, and patient representative, AU Medical Center, Augusta, GA
  • Adam H. Kaye, MD, MBA, CIIP, diagnostic radiologist, Advance Radiology Consultants, Shelton, CT
  • Marc D. Kohli, MD, director of clinical informatics and associate professor of clinical radiology, abdominal imaging, University of California, San Francisco
  • Stacey L. Langford, MD, assistant professor of radiology, pediatric radiology division, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Join Y. Luh, radiation oncologist, department of radiation oncology, St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka, CA
  • Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, chief innovation officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and executive vice president, UPMC Enterprises, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Marc H. Willis, DO, associate professor of radiology and orthopedics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 

The other Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care committees focus on Economics, Quality Experience and Outreach. Resources provided by the commission enhance radiologists’ understanding of — and participation in—new practice and payment models and advise on providing more patient- and family-centered care.

Related content will be presented at ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®, with sessions focusing on
Patient-Centered Radiology: Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Compassionate and More Effective Communications
Radiology Practice Improvement: Advances in Optimizing the Patient Experience
Maximizing the Patient Experience in Radiology: Interactive Case-Based Discussions
Strategies in Imaging the Moving Child — Imaging 3.0
What We Can Learn From Our Customers: Perspectives From Three Non-Radiologists (and One Radiologist)


About the American College of Radiology
The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.
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