Interactive, Custom, and Readable Radiology Reports? A New Era of Patient Care

| December 21, 2023 | By

Interactive, Custom, and Readable Radiology Reports? A New Era of Patient Care

Raise your hand if you’ve ever scanned a radiology report and wondered if anyone understood what they were trying to say.

We get it. Radiology reports aren’t known for being intuitive. Traditional reports are packed with so much medical jargon and industry-specific acronyms that they can feel like dense puzzles instead of helpful medical documents. 

For such important pieces of the patient care continuum, that’s not very helpful! The modern trend toward more interactive, custom, and readable radiology reports marks an essential milestone in patient-centered healthcare information management. 

From Old-School to User-Friendly: Making Radiology Reports Readable

Traditional jargon-heavy radiology reports served a critical purpose. Before internet accessibility and cloud storage, radiologists needed a concise—if dense—way to pass along key patient information. 

That was then. Now, with more tech and more space at our fingertips, we can do better. 

Additionally, modern patients want to be more involved in and cognizant of their care than ever before.

Provide personalized care with customized, easy-to-read reports.

Customized radiology reports are tailored to each patient’s needs and preferences. They’re valuable and non-intimidating. This way, each radiology report feels like reference material that the patient will use—and that will upgrade their experience. 

For example, a personalized report might include health tips tailored to a patient’s specific diagnosis, along with summaries in layman’s terms and helpful visual aids.

Make radiology intuitive with interactive healthcare document management.

One of the ways to make these reports as valuable as possible is through interactivity. 

Imagine clicking through your radiology report and being able to hover over terms to get definitions, interact with explanations, and interpret the results in plain English. 

Suddenly, that report is less a forgettable piece of paper and more a friendly guide through the often-confusing world of medical imaging. 

Of course, providing this type of value can be work-intensive. 

That’s why today’s radiology information software providers leverage smart technology and AI to ensure each patient receives their data in a structured, digestible way that makes them feel seen and heard. Although AI cannot handle the entire process—after all, it might misinterpret or oversimplify something—it can make the personalized, helpful transmission of patient data much more possible. 

The Benefits of Bridging the Information Gap Between Radiologists and Patients

Easy-to-read reports provide many benefits for patients and doctors alike. For example, after implementing more intuitive radiology reports, you might find that: 

Your patients become more engaged. 

When you make radiology reports more readable, you not only make them simpler, but also give your patients tools and strategies to take control of their own care. As a result, your patients won’t just skim your reports. They’ll be better prepared for appointments and more likely to stick to treatment plans.

You’re able to build better patient connections. 

No one likes reading dense bricks of text. But even when that text is complex, simply providing more interactivity and structure can improve the patient experience. This makes patients feel that their healthcare team is hearing and meeting their needs, fostering trust and comfort. 

You’re better able to weave together whole-patient, holistic care. 

Modern healthcare often feels like it treats the body as a set of disconnected systems—and the information system we have to support that healthcare feels similarly scattered. Reimagining radiology reports can help fix that issue. 

Take it from Nicholas Befera MD, the cofounder of Scanslated, who says, “The radiology report, rather than being a lifeless document, could become the hub from which the patient has access to a number of previously siloed services.” 

Your entire team is on the same page.  

Clear radiology reports result in less confusion and more efficient communication, even among healthcare professionals who understand the jargon. Easier-to-digest reports ensure that everyone involved in improving a patient’s care (including the patient) has an accurate, complete understanding of their medical situation. 

You boost the morale and capability of your entire team. 

As it turns out, everyone benefits from ease and clarity. Because everyone from your radiologists to your administrative professionals will spend less time making their way through complicated reports, they’ll have more time and mental bandwidth. Your team will also have an easier time conveying information, answering questions, and supporting patients through their healthcare journeys. This will streamline and simplify workflows and uplift the service quality of your entire office. 

Are You Inspired to Implement Advanced Radiology Reports?

Everyone is looking for clarity and simplicity in many aspects of their lives. Shifting toward more straightforward, streamlined radiology reports can feel like an unexpected (and welcome) breath of fresh air.

Getting there may be challenging. You or your colleagues could have concerns about tech integrations, quality assurance, or the accuracy of AI. 

Royal Solutions Group is here to help you onboard reliable solutions, facilitate training, and embrace these updates in a way that is mutually beneficial for your radiologists, your patients, and your entire team. Are you ready to learn more? Check out the solutions we offer to see if there’s a good fit for your team.