This post was submitted by James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Patient and Family-Centered Care
Emerging health care models are changing the way Radiologists and patients partner together and make care decisions.
ACR Chief Executive Officer William Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, recently noted that, “It’s imperative that radiologists be leaders in patient engagement since that collaboration is critical in the redesign of the nation’s health care system.”
Direct interaction between radiologist and patient (and their families) is not always possible, but opportunities to empower patients to make informed health care choices exist. Patients and their families can also be partners in facility renovation, designing patient experiences, improving safety and many other health care areas.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Patient and Family-Centered Care works to ensure that radiology incorporates the needs, wants and values of our patients and communities. The College provides an evolving resource list to help practices do this.
The ACR continues to pursue other avenues to make radiology more patient- and family-centered. The College recently announced a collaboration with the Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM), which encourages patients to become responsible drivers of their health care and urges providers to value them as full partners in that process.
At the recent American Medical Association annual meeting, ACR members Marc H. Willis, D.O., and Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, highlighted how to build collaborations to improve imaging utilization through the Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN). R-SCAN, which focuses on 11 Choosing Wisely® topics, creates a collaborative care team of radiologists and referring clinicians to improve imaging utilization, ensuring patients are at the center of care. ACR is collaborating with the AMA on a co-branded educational activity about clinical decision support under the AMA Steps Forward program, scheduled for release this summer. You can sign up to participate in R-SCAN and take the pledge here. I also encourage you to take a look at your practice and think about other ways to make the care you provide more patient- and family-centered.
So how do you jump start value-based imaging care? Like anything else, one step—and one patient—at a time. What’s your next step?