Can Academic radiology departments become more efficient and cost less.
To determine how successful two large academic radiology departments have beer in responding to market-driven pressures to reduce costs and improve productivity by downsizing their technical and support staffs while maintaining or or increasing volume.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A longitudinal study was performed in which benchmarking techniques were used to assess the changes in cost and productivity of the departments for 5 years (fiscal years 1992-1996).
Cost per relative value unit and relative value units per full-time equivalent employee were tracked.
Substantial cost reduction and productivity enhancement were realized as linear improvements in two key metrics, namely, cost per relative value unit (decline of 19.0% [dedine of $S7.60 on a base year cost of $40.00] to 23.8% [$12.18 of $42.21] ; P <=. 001) and relative value unit per full-time equivalent employee (increase of 46.0% [increase of 759.55 units over a base year productivity of 1,651.45 units] to 55.8% [968.28 of 1,733.97 units] ; P<. 001), during the 5 years of study.
Academic radiology departments have proved that they can « do more with less » over a sustained period.
Mots-clés Pascal : Radiologie, Radiologue, Enseignement universitaire, Médecine, Spécialité médicale, Coût, Economie santé, Etude longitudinale, Homme, 1992-1996
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radiology, Radiologist, Higher education, Medicine, Medical specialty, Costs, Health economy, Follow up study, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0533324
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 23/03/1999.