Informatics methods to enable patient-centered radiology

Acad Radiol. 2009 May;16(5):524-34. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2009.01.009.


Informatics methods and systems in support of clinical care are well established in the health care enterprise. The new paradigm of patient-centered radiology creates new requirements and challenges that can be enabled by informatics. In particular, computer support can help referring physicians tailor their imaging requests to those procedures that would be most helpful for their patients'clinical context. Informatics methods can assist radiologists in recognizing important findings in images as well as helping them decide the best course of action for patients given the radiologic imaging results and other clinical data. Finally, informatics methods can help engage patients in their care by providing information about their imaging procedures and results. All of these informatics technologies share in common the ability to bring together critical knowledge filtered according to the specific requirements of patients undergoing radiologic imaging, a key component of patient-centered radiology. The goals of this article are to review the opportunities for informatics in supporting patient-centered radiology, to demonstrate the potential utility of these methods, and to point radiologists to the ways that informatics will help them provide care that is tailored to each patient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Medical Informatics / organization & administration*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Radiology / organization & administration*
  • United States