Radiologists can benefit from advanced analytics and business intelligence applications, says Paul Nagy, a researcher at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine.

Speaking at RSNA 2010 this week in Chicago, Nagy described a dashboard in use at the academic medical center. It captures a variety of business and clinical metrics applicable to the radiology department. These include patient waiting times, retake rates for various modalities, and reporting timelines for physicians reading studies. Nagy cautioned against using analytics that are too narrowly focused, such as radiologist productivity alone. The quality of images and reports are equally important, he said, as is the turnaround time to referring physicians who ordered the tests in the first place.

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