Category Archives: Technology

22 December 2016

Practice Management Changes in 2017

A new Physicians Practice article, “7 Predictions for Practice Management in 2017,” features several respected healthcare experts including Sheridan’s Chief Quality Officer, Gerald A. Maccioli, MD, MBA, FCCM. Their predictions addressed seven areas of anticipated change:

The Affordable Care Act and congressional action New data and deadlines Shifting payments Added regulation Changing insurance scene Technology demands Patient communication

Dr. Maccioli spoke about the modifications to the phase-in year of MACRA made by CMS to address the physician community’s “angst” about the program’s implementation, including technology and operational issues such...

8 December 2016

McLaren Hospital’s CEO Discusses the Value of Sheridan’s Distributed Radiology Services

When William “Bill” Lawrence became CEO of McLaren Central Michigan Hospital eight years ago, he saw no significant clinical issues with the three-physician radiology group at the 118-bed acute-care hospital, per a new article in Radiology Today. He did, however, find problems typical of a hospital that size: slow turnaround times, lack of consistency and significant gaps in the radiology services and modalities offered. Lawrence turned to an old friend, radiology leader Frank Seidelmann, D.O., to ask for his thoughts on solutions that could improve McLaren’s radiology services at a reasonable cost. 

Both men had worked at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and had known each other for many...

15 November 2016

Radiology Subspecialization Is Creating New Challenges

Advances in medical imaging technology in the past several decades have transformed the practice of radiology. The simple X-rays of the past have largely been replaced by digital images of astounding quality and 3D imaging. But being able to interpret the much more detailed information to make better diagnoses requires highly specialized diagnostic expertise, and the increasing subspecialization of the radiology field is creating new challenges.

Better Image Quality Requires a High Degree of Specialization

In a recent Radiology Life article on “The Radiologist’s Role in Improving Diagnoses,” Frank Seidelmann, DO, Sheridan’s chief medical officer for radiology services, said...

13 October 2016

The AMA’s New Tools to Ease MACRA Transition for Physicians

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently unveiled new tools and resources to support physicians through the daunting process of transitioning to CMS’s new Quality Payment Plan (QPP) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). These resources include the AMA Payment Model Evaluator, the addition of six new MACRA-specific modules to the AMA STEPS Forward™ collection of practice improvement strategies, and a new ReachMD podcast series titled Inside Medicare’s New Payment System. The AMA developed these new tools to help physicians navigate and prepare for the impending changes to Medicare payment and delivery and to improve their opportunities to succeed when MACRA and the QPP go...

22 August 2016

How Video Laryngoscopy Is Shaping the Future of Anesthesiology

In the new Difficult Airway Management issue of Anesthesiology News, three Sheridan physician leaders who are also prominent anesthesiologists discuss the inexorable shift from fiberoptic intubation and direct laryngoscopy toward video laryngoscopy and how that trend is shaping the future of patient care and the practice of anesthesiology.

Sheridan’s Regional Medical Director Dr. Joseph Loskove, Chief Quality Officer Dr. Gerald Maccioli and National Education Director, Anesthesiology Division Dr. Adam Blomberg say that, although direct fiberoptic intubation has widely been considered a gold standard for anticipated difficult-to-intubate (DTI) patients, a lack of consensus among national anesthesia...

9 August 2016

Technology Innovations That Will Transform the Future of Radiology

Advances in technology over the past two decades, from PACS systems to voice recognition software, have enabled significant improvements to efficiency and, in turn, patient care in the field of radiology. New technology promises to fundamentally change the practice of radiology, thanks in part to IBM’s recently formed Watson Health medical imaging collaborative. In a new article in Healthcare Tech Outlook, Dr. Glenn Kaplan, Sheridan Healthcare’s VP of Offsite Radiology Services, talks about how Sheridan and other members of this collaborative are working to leverage Watson’s sophisticated cognitive computing and cognitive imaging capabilities to help make radiologists better diagnosticians and...

22 June 2016

IBM Selects Sheridan Healthcare for Global Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

Sheridan is proud to announce that it has been selected by IBM as one of the foundational partners in the new Watson Health medical imaging collaborative, a global initiative comprising 16 leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies. The collaborative aims to bring cognitive imaging into daily medical practice to help doctors address breast, lung and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke. IBM Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability and is delivered through the cloud. Watson analyzes extremely large volumes of unstructured data, understands complex,...

20 June 2016

Communication and Transparency in Lean Process Improvement

A recent article in Modern Healthcare discussed the importance of data transparency and communication in targeting process improvements effectively. One of the examples highlighted was the Project Zero campaign launched in 2011 by St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho to eliminate hospital-acquired infection in the orthopedic service line. By allowing orthopedic surgeons to routinely monitor the system's infection rate after knee and hip replacement surgeries, laminectomy procedures and spinal fusion surgeries, St. Luke’s was able to reduce the rate from 1.08 percent to 0.57 percent in two years. In addition to tracking data, effective communication and collaboration were key to success. Dr. Kevin Shea,...

9 June 2016

Should the VA Use APRNs to Supplement Radiologists?

On May 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs proposed to amend its “medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.” The proposal comes amid a new push by the VA to maximize its available resources and improve access to timely healthcare services for the nation’s veterans without increasing costs. Public perception of the VA has diminished in recent years, as heightened media coverage of a 2014 scandal has highlighted a growing number of cases in which veterans are denied access to care.

This latest proposal would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to "Order, perform,...

22 April 2016

Spotlight on Sheridan’s Comprehensive Teleradiology Solutions

Sheridan’s recently released FRESH ES/CTS Newsletter for Q1 2016 features FAQs with Chief Glenn Kaplan, M.D. about our teleradiology solutions. FRESH ES stands for Final Reads Electronically from Sheridan Healthcare Eco-System. This technology platform allows radiologists to view cases from multiple hospitals across the country, including relevant prior studies, and render a preliminary or final interpretation. The latest version enables radiologists to stream images rather than downloading the full DICOM data set. Among its many benefits, FRESH ES integrates the workflow between hospital-based radiologists and referring physicians, greatly increases efficiency, and enables significantly improved diagnostic...