Community of Care: Delivering Comprehensive Patient-Centered Care

The articles in this issue detail some of the numerous collaborations that radiologists are leveraging to deliver quality care

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The adage “we’re all in this together” implores all members of a community to assume responsibility for working toward a common cause. Everyone plays a role. The same can be applied to medicine when we consider patient care. All members of the healthcare team have a part in ensuring the highest level of care for the welfare of our patients.

As radiologists, we are integral members of the healthcare team, directing care in diagnostics and providing treatments in interventional radiology. But we don’t do this work alone. Our effectiveness — our patients’ health and wellbeing — relies on collaboration at every step with our colleagues both inside and outside of radiology and within our individual institutions and the larger house of medicine.

The most comprehensive, innovative, accessible care comes when we work closely with technologists, schedulers, referring providers, medical physicists, patient advocates, physician assistants, caregivers, patients, and other members of the care team. It comes when our professional organizations foster partnerships with other societies, as the ACR has done with groups that include the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Association of Medical Physicists.

The articles in this issue detail some of the numerous collaborations that radiologists are leveraging to deliver quality care. And the Imaging 3.0 case study library is full of similar articles about our work across our radiology teams and throughout medicine. I hope you will take the time to explore these stories and to strengthen your partnerships at every opportunity. Together we can accomplish more than we can ever do alone.

Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACRHoward B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR
Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors

 

Case Studies in this Issue


Collaborating Through Crisis

A strong partnership with referring physicians helps a New Orleans radiology department respond to one of the nation’s first COVID-19 hot zones.
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Collaboration Takes Flight

Working side by side in the operating room, neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons in Wisconsin utilize imaging to map the best course of treatment.
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Instant Results

With the help of technologists, radiologists in Colorado are taking a more active role in patient care through an immediate results delivery program.
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Scanning Without Sedation

A pediatric radiology department in Boston created a program that has reduced the use of anesthesia in MRI patients by 73%.
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Failsafe

Radiologists develop a program that encourages ED patients to follow up on incidental findings.
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