The year 2019 was a big one for the healthcare industry and radiology in particular. Looking back, here are a few outstanding trends, events, and issues that received a lot of attention this year.
1. Rise of Artificial Intelligence
The real-world impact of artificial intelligence (AI) has become more apparent in radiology and elsewhere in healthcare. RSNA’s 2019 annual meeting included an expanded AI Showcase and Theater to demonstrate the latest AI technologies and their application in clinical practice.
Research is also validating AI use in diagnostics. We’ve previously covered how AI could help improve breast cancer diagnosis. More recently, scientists reported in The Lancet Digital Health that the diagnostic performance of deep learning models (a subset of AI) is equivalent to that of health-care professionals.
2. Opioid Lawsuits
Two major lawsuits this year sought to hold pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, and distributors responsible for the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic. One federal case in Ohio was delayed due to settlements, novel agreements, and even bankruptcy filings.
In an Oklahoma lawsuit, a judge found Johnson & Johnson responsible for the state’s opioid crisis. The state filed an appeal in December 2019, saying the $465 million amount that the company was ordered to pay was not enough.
3. Ongoing and Future Challenges to Healthcare Providers
An aging population and high rates of burnout weigh heavily on U.S. healthcare providers. Clinicians may struggle with adjusting to changes in technology and regulatory requirements while meeting the increasingly complex needs of an aging patient population. A shortage of physicians, partly due to retiring Baby Boomers, could add additional strain.
4. Make Radiology Easier for Everyone Involved
Whether you want to prevent physician burnout, stay ahead of regulatory requirements, or keep up with the latest radiology tech, your current workflow should support your goals. Novarad’s full enterprise imaging solution and innovative approach help you improve outcomes for both providers and patients.
Most importantly, keep a positive outlook for 2020 and beyond. As healthcare continues to grow and progress, we can look forward to seeing even more developments.