Alan Lipschultz: Pay Close Attention to TJC’s Imaging Requirements

I’ve recently returned from the AAMI Annual Meeting in Denver—an excellent meeting for educational content and networking opportunities.

Andrea Browne, a radiation physicist and recent addition to The Joint Commission (TJC) staff, gave an excellent presentation on TJC’s recently revised requirements for diagnostic medical imaging (DMI) that go into effect on July 1.

TJC released and then revised these requirements related to safety and quality for DMI with an emphasis on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET).  Andrea’s presentation not only went over the requirements, but how surveyors will assess compliance during on-site inspections.

I am not sure how many healthcare technology management (HTM) groups have followed these requirements. Whether or not your institution is subject to TJC requirements, I urge all HTM groups to pay close attention as they strive to improve safety and quality within their own organizations. Even if your HTM group is not directly responsible for DMI directly, you should pay close attention in order improve your worth to your organization and broaden your horizons.

Andrea’s presentation was extremely popular, to the point where the attendance overflowed into the corridor; midway through the presentation the conference staff removed the partition to the next conference room in order to double the space.  There were a large number of questions from the audience.

Later at the annual meeting, George Mills director of the Department of Engineering at TJC announced that because of the strong interest and logistical difficulties,AAMI and TJC will jointly put on a free webinar in the near future on this topic. If you were not able to be present for the full presentation in Denver, watch for an upcoming announcement on the subject. Invite your DMI colleagues from your organization to attend with you; this is a great opportunity to build bridges to those colleagues.

Alan Lipschultz, CCE, PE, CSP, is president and CEO of HealthCare Technology Consulting LLC.

One thought on “Alan Lipschultz: Pay Close Attention to TJC’s Imaging Requirements

  1. This is a good opportunity to ask what should be the basic questions of new standards and requirements.
    1. What exactly is the problem that is being addressed?
    2. What will be measured to determine if that problem has been solved or mitigated?

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