A few mouse clicks are now all that separate diagnostic radiology residents from seeing a comprehensive, real-time assessment of their performance.
The residents began using an online dashboard tool created by the Technology Innovation Center last fall. Rolled out by the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, the dashboard compiles various types of data, from the number of radiology examinations they’ve analyzed to the number of morning conferences they’ve attended, as well as evaluations by their attendings.
“It’s often said that the things that are measured are the things that get done,” says fourth-year medical student Fiona Gispen, who helped design the dashboard. “Our dashboard helps residents measure their performance so that they can effectively work to improve.”
Diagnostic radiology is one of several residency programs using dashboards built by the Technology Innovation Center.
“The unique approach to this dashboard is its combination and transformation of many real-time data sources in one place for residents’ use,” says Gorkem Sevinc, the Technology Innovation Center’s managing director. Residents can also see how they rank among their anonymized peers, he adds.
Much of a radiologist’s work involves accurately and efficiently analyzing images, like MRI scans, for abnormalities and dictating reports on them. The radiology dashboard informs residents whether the number of cases they’ve read meets the quotas set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the radiology program. It also provides residents with feedback from attendings on their radiology interpretations. “They can see if they read a sufficient number of ultrasounds but may need to increase their experience with head CTs,” says Pamela Johnson, radiology residency program director.
Residents access the dashboard by logging on to Johns Hopkins’ private network.