International Radiology Quality Network News
International Radiology Quality Network News
The International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) is a network of organizations and was established in 2002. Its members include:
The network’s objective is to promote quality in radiology through collaboration, experience sharing and mutual assistance. Its current activities include:
1. An International Clinical Teleradiology Standards Workgroup;
2. A Performance Metrics and Indicators Project;
3. A Quality Improvement in Practices Program in collaboration with the JACR; and
4. An Awareness Program.
More detail accounts about the network are available from the IRQN homepage: www.irqn.net
International Clinical Teleradiology Standards
In 2006, an International Clinical Teleradiology Standards Workgroup was formed to review the published international teleradiology standards and to develop a set of common principles in which more detailed standards could be developed subsequently. It was agreed that when these drafted principles are ready, they will be published and other stakeholders will be consulted.
Since that time, the members of the Workgroup have revised and refined the drafted ‘Top 10 Principles of International Clinical Teleradiology’ which was approved by the IRQN members earlier this year. The network recognizes that this draft is an evolving document and would be refined over time. These principles are now available at: www.irqn.net. Feedback could be forwarded to the International Clinical Teleradiology Standards Workgroup via: email@example.com.
Performance Metrics and Indicators Project
The Performance Metrics and Indicators Project commenced in 2007. The TATs for radiology reports over a one month period were selected as the metrics to be benchmarked. Thirteen institutions from three continents took part in a trial last year. The network is grateful to the participants and the expert assistance provided by the
The network is preparing to launch this project later this year and is aiming at 100 participating facilities world wide. The TAT data collected is a small subset of the routine statistics generated by the facility’s RIS at the end of each month. Therefore, the additional effort for the participating facility is minimal. Participation is voluntary and will be based on RIS vendors’ introduction, direct recruitment through members of the Performance Metrics and Indicators Workgroup and newsletters.
The project will provide us with a better insight into the performance of different types of facilities across the globe. Each facility can benchmark its performance against other similar facilities and identify areas of improvement. Each facility’s participation will be acknowledged and the data collected will remain confidential. After analysis, each participant will receive a report containing its own and de-identified aggregated data for comparison.
If you are interested, please provide the name of your facility and the contact details for the principle liaison person to Laura Coombs Ph.D. at: firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st July 2008. We will communicate and provide your liaison with project details which will include the sampling month and a concise data sheet to be completed. The Workgroup looks forward to hearing from and working with you in the very near future.
Quality Improvement in Practice Competition
The network approved the establishment of a Quality Improvement in Practice paper competition in collaboration with the JACR. The competition is intended to:
o Increase the awareness of the importance of quality improvement in the work place;
o Enable radiology practices to learn from others and apply other practices' quality improvement experience to their own practice; and
o Facilitate a cultural change in radiology practices so that quality improvement forms an integral part of day-to-day practice rather than perceived as an unnecessary add-on burden.
It has assembled a Judging Panel to review manuscripts and to work with the authors and the Editor-in-Chief, JACR to edit and improve suitable manuscripts prior to publication.
A Certificate of Merit will be awarded to each month’s winning author(s). At the conclusion of each year, the Panel will select an annual winner who will receive a cash award of US$1,000. The network acknowledges the generous sponsorship of this cash award by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. In 2007, the winner was Dr. Lucy Glenn with her article on “Labeling Defects in Radiology” which was published in the October issue of the JACR.
Potential articles should conform to JACR’s ‘Instructions for Authors’ for either 'review' or 'research' articles. These instructions are published in each issue of JACR or may be found on the JACR web site: www.jacr.org
Please submit your manuscripts directly to the IRQN Secretariat: email@example.com