Category: Technology

November 1, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

KPIs for Radiology

A question we often get is “What Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are essential to help monitor the performance and success of a radiology business?” The reality is that only the specific department or center knows what is best for them, but there are certainly some key KPIs that can be thought of as industry best practices for a radiology business:


1. Patient Volume: Track the number of patients served over a specific period. This KPI provides insights into the demand for your services and helps identify trends or seasonal variations.


2. Referral Patterns: Monitor the sources and volume of referrals from physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Understanding referral patterns helps identify key referral sources and allows you to strengthen relationships with them.


3. Turnaround Time: Measure the time it takes to deliver diagnostic reports or images to referring physicians. Efficient turnaround times are crucial for patient satisfaction and maintaining strong relationships with referring providers.


4. Report Accuracy: Assess the accuracy of diagnostic reports through quality assurance programs and peer review processes. This KPI ensures that the interpretations provided are reliable and meets industry standards.


5. Revenue and Profitability: Monitor financial performance, including revenue generated and profitability. Track revenue per modality or service to identify areas of high profitability and potential growth opportunities.


6. Equipment Utilization: Measure the utilization of imaging equipment to ensure optimal use and identify any underutilized resources. This KPI helps with equipment maintenance and replacement planning.


7. Patient Satisfaction: Gather patient feedback through surveys or online reviews to assess patient satisfaction levels. This KPI helps identify areas for improvement in patient experience and enables you to make necessary adjustments.


8. Referring Physician Satisfaction: Gauge the satisfaction levels of referring physicians through surveys or direct communication. Building strong relationships with referring physicians is essential for business growth and success.


9. Staff Productivity: Assess the productivity of radiologists and other staff members by tracking the number of cases read or procedures performed per day or hour. This KPI helps optimize staffing levels and workload distribution.


10. Market Share: Evaluate your business’s market share by comparing it to competitors in your region. This KPI provides insights into your market position and growth potential.


Without a doubt, the selection of specific KPIs will vary based on the specific goals and objectives of your radiology business. However, we know for sure that what isn’t measured can’t be improved so, regularly monitoring your specific KPIs and using the insights gained to drive improvements can help optimize your operations and achieve business growth.

August 15, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

DISS and deepc bring Cutting- Edge AI to Puerto Rico & Latin America

  • deepc and DISS announce their partnership
  • This partnership will be the bridge for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic,

Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica healthcare professionals to work with cutting-edge AI technology and ultimately provide better patient care.

Munich, Germany, July 28th, 2023


ISS, a company founded by professionals with extended experience in the market of medical diagnostic images with the mission of bringing the best medical solutions to healthcare professionals in the Latin world, announces its partnership with deepc, the leading AI Operating System for radiologists. deepc has created the first vendor-neutral cloud-to-cloud connection for integrating AI-based imaging and reporting tools.

This partnership enables easy access to cloud technologies and artificial intelligence, benefiting latin american health professionals. With a single integration to the PACS, medical institutions can select from all of deepc’s curated AI tools and easily leverage them in their clinical workflows. The deepc integration significantly reduces the technical effort and the required legal agreements for data protection.

“Unquestionably, artificial intelligence is the future; we are very proud to partner with deepc and be pioneers in implementing artificial intelligence programs in our territories. We are both technologically advanced companies with similar values of innovation, quality and a sense of urgency for excellent customer service,”- said Rubén A. García, Chief Technology Officer at DISS, in recognition of this new and exciting partnership.

One of the key benefits of this collaboration is Integrating AI classifiers into the radiology workflow. This Operating System will support physicians in reporting X-rays, MR, or CT scans, helping them prioritize cases and shortening the time from admission to the emergency room to discharge, providing for efficient allocation of scarce staff resources and supporting better medical care. The result is exceptional accuracy and efficiency, which leads to better patient outcomes.

From a technical perspective, less IT effort and maximum data protection through central integration enable radiology departments to adopt multiple AI solutions with minimal required resources. Only a one-time integration via a standard interface is required, with data stored exclusively in an encrypted form. This multi-level security concept ensures data protection of sensitive patient data at all times.

John Moulden, CCO of deepc, stated, “We are very pleased to enter this partnership with DISS to empower healthcare professionals in Puerto Rico and LATAM with the cutting-edge technology of globally leading AI solutions for more than 50 clinical indications”.

Join us on our mission to save lives and revolutionize the future of healthcare.

About DISS

Since its founding in 2001, DISS has prided itself in being a company with extensive experience in the sales, installation, distribution and service of specialized medical solutions for radiology and cardiology, as well as in offering the most advanced Digital Solutions for the healthcare field. DISS locations include Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands, supported by local teams of specialists and service engineers.

About deepc

deepc has developed the radiology AI platform deepcOS, providing clinicians with easy access to an ecosystem of regulatory-approved, globally leading AI solutions for more than 50 clinical indications. deepc offers easy installation, with one contract, billing, service, and support framework in compliance with all data protection and cybersecurity requirements.

Press contact deepc:

Nerilda Meda I Marketing Manager


www.deepc.ai LinkedIn/company/deepchealth

DISS and deepc bring Cutting- Edge AI to Puerto Rico & Latin America

July 26, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

Challenges For Radiology Centers


adiology is not exempt from the challenges that all businesses face. Inflation, lack of qualified personnel and reimbursement situations are some of the challenges that a Radiology business faces. However, growing a radiology business in the face of current challenges is not impossible and as long as you have a strategic approach and positively execute on the implementation of several key strategies:

1. Enhance Technology and Equipment: Stay up to date with the latest technological advancements in radiology. Investing in modern equipment and software can improve efficiency, accuracy, and patient satisfaction. Consider acquiring advanced imaging modalities or upgrading your existing equipment to offer a wider range of diagnostic services.

2. Expand Service Offerings: Identify potential service gaps or areas of high demand in your region. Consider adding specialized services such as interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, or musculoskeletal imaging to broaden your offerings. Collaborate with referring physicians and hospitals to understand their needs and develop tailored services accordingly.

3. Strengthen Referral Relationships: Establish strong relationships with referring physicians and hospitals in your area. Enhance communication channels, collaborate on patient care, and provide prompt reports and consultations. Regularly meet with physicians to understand their evolving needs and explore opportunities for collaboration.

4. Improve Patient Experience: Focus on delivering exceptional patient experiences. Streamline appointment scheduling, reduce wait times, and ensure clear and effective communication. Provide a comfortable and welcoming environment within your facility. Invest in patient-centric initiatives such as patient portals, online appointment booking, and transparent billing processes.

5. Collaborate with Research Institutions: Partner with research institutions or universities to participate in clinical trials or research projects. Engaging in cutting-edge research can enhance your reputation, attract talented radiologists, and open doors for collaboration with academic institutions.

6. Network with Industry Professionals: Attend radiology conferences, seminars, and workshops to network with industry professionals. Stay updated on the latest trends and developments in radiology and build connections that may lead to new opportunities, partnerships, or collaborations.

7. Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Regularly track and analyze key performance indicators such as patient volume, referral patterns, revenue, and turnaround times. Use this data to identify areas for improvement, make informed business decisions, and measure the success of your growth strategies.

8. Develop a Strong Online Presence: In today’s digital age, having a robust online presence is crucial for business growth. Create an informative and user-friendly website that highlights your services, expertise, and patient testimonials. Optimize your website for search engines to improve visibility. Utilize social media platforms to engage with patients and share educational content.

Remember, that all the right strategies take time and persistence. Nothing happens overnight, so don’t be discouraged with lack of immediate results, because adopting these strategies, continuously adapting to market changes, and providing excellent patient care, you will be positioned for success.

May 3, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

Potential Benefits of AI in CT Interpretation


omputed Tomography (CT) scans are an important tool for radiologists in diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions. These scans generate detailed images of the body’s internal structures, which can be difficult for human radiologists to interpret accurately in some cases. To help overcome this challenge, advanced AI tools are being developed to assist radiologists in the interpretation of CT scans. One such tool is machine learning algorithms that can identify patterns and anomalies in CT scans that may be difficult for human radiologists to detect. For example, these algorithms can be trained to identify small lung nodules, which can be early signs of lung cancer. The algorithms can also analyze the shape, size, and texture of nodules to predict their malignancy, helping radiologists make more accurate diagnoses. Another advanced AI tool used in the interpretation of CT scans is deep learning algorithms. These algorithms use artificial neural networks to analyze CT images and identify patterns that may be missed by human radiologists. One example is the use of deep learning algorithms to identify and classify liver lesions. This technology can help radiologists make faster and more accurate diagnoses, improving patient outcomes. AI-powered software can also assist in the segmentation of CT images, which involves separating the image into different regions of interest. This technology can help radiologists identify and analyze specific structures or abnormalities in CT scans. For example, AI-powered software can segment the liver in a CT scan to help radiologists detect and classify liver lesions more accurately. Natural Language Processing (NLP) is another advanced AI tool that can help radiologists in the interpretation of CT scans. NLP algorithms can analyze radiology reports generated from CT scans and extract key information, such as diagnoses and findings. This technology can help radiologists identify patterns and trends in patient data, improving patient care and outcomes. Finally, AI-powered software can assist radiologists in generating reports from CT scans. This technology can automatically identify and summarize key findings in CT scans, reducing the time it takes for radiologists to generate reports. This can help improve workflow and reduce wait times for patients. In conclusion, advanced AI tools are being developed to assist radiologists in the interpretation of CT scans. These tools include machine learning algorithms, deep learning algorithms, segmentation software, natural language processing, and report generation software. These technologies can help improve the accuracy and speed of CT scan interpretation, leading to better patient outcomes.

April 17, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

How Will AI Impact Radiology?


rtificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the face of healthcare in numerous ways. One of the fields that are being significantly impacted by AI is radiology. Radiology is a branch of medicine that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases. With AI, radiologists can now have access to advanced technologies that can help them improve their diagnostic accuracy, speed up their work, and provide better patient care.

AI is transforming radiology by enabling health providers to make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions based on medical imaging. Machine learning algorithms can analyze vast amounts of medical imaging data to identify patterns and anomalies that may be missed by human radiologists. AI-powered software can highlight areas of concern in medical images, allowing radiologists to focus on critical areas and reduce the risk of missing important details.

One significant area where AI is transforming radiology is in the detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, and early detection is critical to increasing survival rates. AI algorithms can analyze mammograms and identify areas of concern, such as tumors or suspicious masses, with greater accuracy than human radiologists. This technology can help reduce the number of missed diagnoses and provide earlier detection of breast cancer.

Another area where AI is transforming radiology is in the detection of lung cancer. AI-powered software can analyze CT scans and identify suspicious areas that may indicate lung cancer. This technology can help reduce false positives and increase the accuracy of lung cancer detection, which can improve patient outcomes.

AI is also making radiology more efficient by automating routine tasks, such as image interpretation and report generation. AI algorithms can analyze medical images and generate reports automatically, freeing up radiologists to focus on more complex cases. This technology can help reduce wait times for patients, improve workflow for radiologists, and reduce the workload of radiology departments.

In conclusion, AI is transforming radiology by enabling health providers to make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions based on medical imaging. AI-powered software can analyze vast amounts of medical imaging data to identify patterns and anomalies that may be missed by human radiologists. This technology can help reduce the number of missed diagnoses, increase the accuracy of cancer detection, and improve patient outcomes. While there are concerns about job loss, AI cannot replace the expertise and clinical judgment of human radiologists. Radiologists will continue to play a critical role in patient care, interpreting images, and making treatment decisions based on their findings.

February 15, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence Is Here!

(Don’t) Be Afraid, (Don’t) Be Very Afraid


y now, we have all seen it, Artificial Intelligence has gone mainstream! In recent days, you couldn’t watch any news broadcast or listen to any podcast without hearing about the Artificial Intelligence service called ChatGPT. If this was your first exposure to Artificial Intelligence you probably thought that it was a sudden development that came to be, basically, overnight.


For some people, sudden developments such as this one can be downright scary, but you shouldn’t fear, because the reality is that behind the scenes very smart people have been working on this and other AI solutions for many decades now. It just so happens that in the year 2023 we finally have the computing power and technical knowledge to finally make AI useful in a myriad of ways.


For example, ChatGPT is an attractive everyday use of AI and it certainly captures the imagination, particularly if you want to use it as a tool that works with you to enhance your creativity. However, AI has some even more impressive applications. Take Radiology for instance, where we are seeing some huge developments for Mammography, Oncology, MSK, X-Ray, MRI and CT.


It is quite easy to imagine a very immediate future, when every single radiological study is not just seen by your favorite radiologist, but also given a second look by his favorite AI counterpart. The use of AI in that manner would not only provide peace of mind, but would also be more efficient. In fact, there are already studies that assume full AI implementations across all healthcare institutions and they project that AI could save up to $360 billion per year in the US alone.


Yes, the concept of AI can be scary for some people just like the jump from a horse and to motor vehicles was, but a future without AI would be just as bleak now as one without cars would’ve been back then.

January 10, 2023 by Rubén García 0 Comments

The Power of Simplicity


aking things simple is hard, but it show expertise.

Think back to the VHS days and how everyone had a flashing 12:00 clock because nobody made it simple to put in the correct time. Thankfully, we have come a long way since those miserable days and now most every gadget syncs up their time via the InterWeb.

So now that many things (cars, phones, airplane seat gadgets) have evolved into simpler interfaces do you still feel that the software you are using is simple and direct?

If it isn’t you should ask for better from the manufacturer and/or the decision maker that picked the software. Your clicks should be limited, your speed to getting to the information you want should be blazing and you should not need to become a Power User just to use the basics of the software.

Ask for better and easier user interfaces. No, demand it! There is no better litmus test as to whether the creator really understand your needs than for them to make it very easy for you to address them.

June 29, 2022 by Rubén García 0 Comments

Technology In Education


onsidering that our products and solutions are oriented towards the healthcare industry, you might be surprised with the title of this post and are likely asking yourself: “Self, what does technology in education have to do with healthcare?”

Well, as I sit here watching my daughter’s orientation seminars at The Ohio State University I’m shocked to see how far along we have come technology-wise with services for these students. 

For example, they have an App that provides them all the information they could want. From maps of the campus to locations of classes to nearby shopping and dining options to the hours of operations of places like the dozens of libraries and recreation centers to the schedule of all sporting and arts and entertainment event. All of this and more is at the palm of their hands.

This is definitely a long way from what I had available when I went to Case Western Reserve University and Florida Atlantic University in the 1990s. Back then, if the schools had a decent website it was a huge “win”. Today, these youngsters can even schedule their transportation and security escorts via the phone.

Seeing all this makes me wonder whether we in the “real world” are ready with similar technological advances in our workplaces for that moment when we hire some of these men and women when they graduate?

After four or more years of being exposed to such high end use of technology, will they be accepting of places that don’t use technology the same way they were using it in college? I, for one, don’t think they will.  I think they will favor employers that are already technologically advanced and are even looking to become more advanced on a yearly basis.

It is my hope that in providing some of the products and services that we offer via our Digital Solutions as well as our Siemens partnership that we will be one of those companies that not just attracts these best and brightest individuals, but also be in a position to impact positively the healthcare industry in the same vein.

June 27, 2022 by Rubén García 0 Comments

DISS Analytics Notifications

The Power of Immediacy


echnology has come a very long way in the past decade plus. For example, I still remember 25+ years ago when booking a flight meant going to a travel agency or directly to the ticketing agent at the airport to get a printed and yes sometimes even a manually written ticket. Remember how does manual tickets would make your hands turn purple because of the copy layer they had? Good times!

Nowadays, everything is on your phone!

Rehabilitation is a phase of recovery occurring after any major life-changing medical or surgical event. Our bodies are designed to regenerate and repair, though optimizing this process takes skilled guidance. PM&R physicians (also known as physiatrists) are trained to use physical modalities (stretching, strengthening, heat, cold, etc.) to mechanically enhance healing. They prescribe medications to manage pain, spasticity, nerve injury, and cognitive impairments, while also leveraging the power of physical therapy to increase cardiopulmonary fitness, muscle strength and flexibility.

I can’t live without these notifications. They make my life easier and the immediacy of them allow me to act quickly and decisively with the information they provide me. I honestly can’t imagine traveling without them.

Maybe you’re not a frequent traveler like I am, but I’m sure you can think of dozens of instances where a received notification saved you time or hassles or made you aware of some breaking news that was really important to you. And what made these notifications valuable wasn’t just what they told you, but the immediacy with which they said it.

Real-time information is valuable!

Just like travel, the healthcare field is seeing a seismic shift towards immediacy.

For example, there are dozens if not hundreds of ways to look at data in a graphical way, but what good is it to have a dozen bar graphs, pie charts or even counters if your normal day to day responsibilities don’t allow you the time to look at all the “pretty pictures” in your dashboard?

Let’s face it, particularly in the healthcare field, there are very few people that can take even just a few minutes during their busy day to look at some fancy dashboard. No matter how great and applicable the information contained in it is, there is just, normally, no time to pause your actions  to go look at the data.

What ends up happening is that you most likely will look at the data once the day is “over” or later in the week or when you are asked to create reports for your weekly or monthly meetings.

Relying on a dashboard and nothing else, could mean that you will miss out on real-time situations that will be occurring while you look at the dashboard instead of carrying out your responsibilities.

Well, as with other Apps, we are seeing that technology can make your life much easier by providing you with immediate notifications on your iPhone or iPad so that you can react without ever having to look at a dashboard.

For example, can you imagine being informed of a user that has just checked into the ER with Head Trauma? Or how about being informed when an order has been placed for a Nuclear Medicine study thus allowing you to pre-order your radioisotope and save on rush charges? Or getting a notification that a last-minute MRI was ordered right before the end of your shift, thus allowing you to better manage that patient that really needs your service?

These are not just imaginary situations, these are notifications that we are already sending to dozens of devices in our customer sites. Just like I can’t travel without my notifications, neither can our customers live without theirs.

June 27, 2019 by Rubén García 0 Comments

Innovation At The Speed of Thought


ast week, Michael discussed some of our offerings with a customer and was able to coordinate a meeting for us to present to them not just what we have done already, but some further ideas of what we can do moving forward.

When we encounter opportunities like this one, we really take them seriously and we like to go above and beyond any possible expectations that the customer may have.

This lead to a team meeting (BTW, as it is, we try our darndest to meet every day anyway) to address this particular opportunity with this customer. One of the things we identified was the potential to look into how to better communicate the processes that a patient goes through in the Emergency Department (ED).

A typical patient goes through six steps while in the ED:

Most EDs can track the time a patient spends in each step, but what they can’t do is alert the appropriate people when acceptable times are being exceeded. For example, if the patient has been appropriately registered, but the Triage process hasn’t been started for 15 minutes, then it is likely that patient will start feeling like he/she is not receiving the service they expect. Of course, some patients require more immediate service than others, but 15 minutes is likely a limit of how long a patient is willing to wait before complaining.

As I mentioned, most EDs have access to this “clock”, but they don’t have access in a way that it can help them while situations are ongoing. That is to say, most EDs either have a dashboard or some sort of reporting system that shows them how the clock is running, but what they don’t have is a proactive notification system that alerts them when these thresholds are being reached.

We know we can create a more interesting dashboard as well as use our vaunted notifications system to help address this situation. And so we did. As you can see in the mockup screens below, we created a monitoring system that identifies yellow and red alerts as well as abandonment situations.

Of course, this system is updated real-time, but more importantly as soon as the yellow cautions are triggered, notifications will be issued and if we reach red alert status, more escalated notifications will be sent out.

This helps the ED staff better server their patients and prevents both complaints and abandonment.