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    Stefanie Manack

    The Impact of COVID-19 on Imaging Technologist's Mental Health

    Global Impact: Rebecca Rock, RN and SABM CFO talks with HPI about two roles across two countries

    From Lab Trend Visionary to Dark Group CEO: HPI connects with the Founder and Editor of the Dark Report, Robert Michel

    Two Imaging Leaders, Two Systems, One Outcome: Communication

    From Communication Strength to Just in Time Reopening at MGH A conversation with Dr. James Brink, Chief of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital

    From Time Magazine to PBM Influencer: Sherri Ozawa's Mission to Define the Value of Blood

    Buried Blessings: Pandemic perspective from Tom Strauss, CEO at Sisters of Charity Health System

    Katie Castree, Career Healthcare Process Improvement Connoisseur

    Solving Lab Challenges through Recruiting Innovation: HPI connects with Lighthouse Lab Services President, Jon Harol

    Providing Value-Based Care in a Pandemic through Telehealth and Data Resources: An HPI exclusive with Dr. Darrel Weaver

    From Supply Chain Crisis to Innovation in a Pandemic

    From Navy Medic to running a Clinical Laboratory . . . during a pandemic

    Planning for Blood Shortages in a Pandemic with Dr. Claudia Cohn

    Blood Banking is more complex today than ever before. Rob Van Tuyle, President of Vitalant's Blood Division, tells us why.

    Profoundly Impacting Healthcare with Breakthrough Anemia Management

    Supporting Imaging Precisely Where You Need It

    Working Together Makes End of Life Conversations Easier to Have

    The Future of Imaging: Assessing the early impacts of COVID-19 and the path to innovation through Artificial Intelligence (AI) A conversation with Dr. Geoff Rubin

    Pivoting in a Pandemic: How a U.S. 3D printing manufacturer is helping healthcare in its time of need

    Mara G. Aspinall: Diagnostic evangelist educating the world on the power of diagnostics today

    How The Joint Commission is addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

    CHI Nebraska’s Laboratory Director Connie Wilkins, describes How To Manage a Clinical Laboratory During the pandemic

    Former Commercial Lab Leader Highlights the Hospital Lab as the Solution to Community Sustainability in a Healthcare Crisis

    Three Phases Essential to Crisis Preparedness in Patient Blood Management with Anne Burkey of St. Luke's Health in Boise, ID

    The Importance of Agility in Your Lab

    Dr. Paul Biddinger Shares Three Ways to Prepare for COVID-19

    Bringing Clinical Skills to Operational Leadership During a Time of Crisis; Dr. Blanton, Chief Medical Officer at Peterson Health

    7 Team Attributes to Teams that Work in Challenging Times & Through Rapid Innovation

    From Finding Problems to Saving Lives: The Evolution of Interventional Radiology

    Identifying the Potential with AI in Radiology with Dr. Chung

    Communication in the C-Suite with Cliff Robertson of Catholic Health Initiatives

    Reviewing Your Patient Financial Journey with Melody W. Mulaik, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies

    Ask An Accumen Expert: Carolyn Burns, MD, a Patient Blood Management Advocate

    Linda DeVee, Leads Radiology Services at Edward-Elmhurst Health

    Theresa Mouton, Market Chief Financial Officer with Steward Health

    PELITAS President and CEO Steven Huddleston Wants Patients to Have a Great Experience – Both Clinically and Financially

    How Do You Deal with 2 Billion Forms a Year? Ask Randy Campbell

    Medical Director of Telehealth for UAB Knocks Barriers Down to Treat Patients on Their Terms

    C-Suite Spotlight: Wayne Bohenek Chief Ancillary Services Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

    A Leader in the Laboratory Service Line : Pierre Mouawad

    Healthcare Partner: Autumn Farmer, Chief Laboratory Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

    How Imbio is using AI to close the gap of missed diagnosis with Mike Hostetler

    Spit Matters with Bill Phillips from Spectrum Solutions

    How COVID-19 inspired TeraRecon to accelerate their imaging solutions to the point of care with Jeff Sorensen

     
    Imaging technologists, mental health and COVID-19: Hiding in plain sight

    Imaging technologists are on the front lines of healthcare every day, taking care of patients at a critical junction in their lives.  No one comes for a CT or MR or US just for fun. They are often scared, waiting for the results of the exam, hoping the doctor’s suspicions are wrong.  Sometimes the exam confirms their worst fears.  Occasionally the results reveal an “incidental finding” – a brand new issue that neither they nor their physicians anticipated.  It is a privilege we embrace, and a responsibility we take very seriously. But performing the exam is only one part of an imager’s role.  Taking care of people at a time of uncertainty is the other large, often overlooked part of an imaging professional’s role in the care continuum.   Patients are scared, sick, injured and often stressed, and they instinctively want to connect to us as part of their care team.  For patients managing a chronic illness, frequent visits to the imaging department means we get to know them over time. We laugh with them, cry with them, listen to their fears. It is a unique bond, unlike any other in healthcare, and one that we cherish.

    The other side of this coin, however, is that imagers are deeply affected by our patients.  We are sad with them, happy with them, fearful for them.  While genuine empathy is part of our role that we embrace, the effects of internalizing a patient’s emotions takes a toll on any given day.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made this exponentially worse.

    Imagers are often the first line in diagnosis – we perform exams to confirm or rule out diseases routinely.  Imaging exams cannot be performed without intimate direct contact for often prolonged periods of time. But the unknowns around COVID-19 transmission, the lack of a proven treatment, the lack of PPE and accurate testing, and the loss of tight camaraderie in a “socially distanced” workspace that relies heavily on human interaction has upended the emotional apple cart.  Performing exams and being present for our patients while worrying if you are endangering your family when you go home, if you will be furloughed, if you yourself will become ill – all of these legitimate stressors send imagers into the same category as any front line worker in this crisis: at serious risk for intense, long-lasting mental health challenges.  The research is clear – but line of sight to the imaging team and their unique challenges is often not.

    This mental health month, I urge you to keep a clear line of sight to the imaging team.  Working in the “background” does not usually bother us much.  In these times, imagers who need extra support are likely hiding in plain sight.

     
    Stefanie Manack

    Stefanie Manack

    Imaging Operations Manager, CRA, MS, R.T.(R)(M)(VI)(ARRT)