“A truly smart worklist will change your workflow depending upon the shift you are working.”
Nearly all radiologists we speak with agree with the above statement. Strangely, however, having this capability is uncommon.Even though many radiologists have never experienced adaptive shift-based workflow, they can still easily appreciate why it makes sense. Until you start using it, however, you may not appreciate some of the secondary benefits. Here are some examples:
1. Shift-based worklist
The radiologist’s worklist is built based on the shift the radiologist is working. Sets of worklists are stacked and sorted according to the reading priority for the shift. You can set up shifts designed by site, subspecialty or a combination. You can design shifts specifically to support other shifts or to read STAT exams.
2. Shift-based exam assignment
Exams can be assigned to the radiologist covering a particular shift, e.g. the radiologist on the “St. John’s Daytime” shift gets assigned procedures performed at St John’s. Blocks of exams can be assigned at login based upon a shift, e.g., “St. John’s Daytime” gets 10 chest X-rays on login.
3. Optimize workflow and reduce cherry picking.
When the computer is presenting exams to radiologists according to a smart set of rules, which consider shift, your system can be optimized. Without a set of coded rules defining which exams the radiologist should be reading, they will decide for themselves what to read. This is the “wild west” and makes practice optimization nearly impossible. By presenting exams the radiologist should read, you can greatly reduce cherry picking.
4. Drive radiologist productivity.
Your radiologists get to focus on what they need to be reading. System alerts will let them know if they need to deviate from the exams on their list to help with STAT and ED exams.
5. Communication with other radiologists and support personnel improves.
On the Clario worklist, chat status shows the shift each radiologist is working. Radiologists and radiology staff can easily find the person who is covering Neuro at a specific hospital by just looking at their chat status.
6. Measure shift-based productivity.
- You can monitor which shifts are more or less productive.
- You can find out where each radiologist is most productive.
- You can find out what type of exams are being read on specific shifts
Adaptive shift-based workflow is changing radiology for the better. As time goes on, the benefits will continue to grow and practices will continue to improve. This concept is here to stay.