Cardiology News: TAVR Approval Shows Promise for Cardiac Cath Labs

Cardiology Imaging Specialist Reviews ImageTAVR Approval Shows Promise for Cardiac Cath Labs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in 2016 when it approved two TAVR devices for intermediate-risk aortic-stenosis patients.

It specifically targets patients with at least a 3% STS-predicted risk of dying within 30 days of surgery. The action followed the release, four months earlier, of intermediate-risk trial results that showed that TAVR was equal or superior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).

 

Manage Data to Help Improve Patient Outcomes [Infographic]

One key component of enterprise imaging is making data more accessible across the health system. The massive amount of patient data health systems collect can be a powerful driver for better patient outcomes. Provided, of course, that there are systems in place to collect and intelligently display data. Regardless of where the request originates or the data is captured, the process needs to be seamless.

For our latest eBook, Beyond Imaging: Key Components for a Holistic Enterprise Imaging Strategy, we asked experts in health IT and diagnostic imaging for their thoughts on improving patient outcomes through data management. Read on for highlights from their responses, and click the icon next to each quote to share.

 

The Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Blog in 2016

Top 5 Medical Imaging PostsWe created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in the most vital discussions in the health care industry. In 2016, there was a lot to talk about.

The switch to value-based care was at the top of most health providers’ minds. Imaging departments in particular saw the need to restructure their operations and reporting procedures to increase efficiency and prove value.

Enterprise imaging hit a tipping point as well, dominating the industry conversation. As health systems looked for ways to increase efficiency, improve outcomes, and lower costs, VNA and PACS solutions were hot topics.

 

Cardiology Imaging Roundup: New Studies and Recommendations

Cardiology BreakthroughsCardiology imaging took big steps forward in 2016. One area that seems to be highlighted among the industry this past month has been the growing interest in moving towards expanded use of imaging techniques and risk assessments that can reduce or replace inferior or more invasive testing. As evolving health payment models take affect providers must continue to adapt from the status quo and strive to use the most appropriate imaging technology to help ensure quality outcomes in a timely manner.

The articles in this month’s roundup include studies and recommendations for both new technology and risk assessment. Read on to learn new indications for Cardiac PET, guidelines for three-dimensional echocardiography, and more.

 

Conserus Helps UMass Improve Radiology Workflow and Efficiency

Steven J. Baccei, MD

Steven J. Baccei, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care wanted to drive quality improvements within radiology services for its system of hospitals and clinics. By implementing Conserus Workflow Intelligence™, they were able to address quality and communication gaps that occurred from clinical, technical and financial standpoints.

An automated peer review workflow is helping drive quality improvements and peer learning. An effective and potentially lifesaving system is in place to communicate critical results with referring physicians. Interaction between the ED and radiology is streamlined through the use of central mailboxes that help ensure there are no unnecessary delays. And the workflow for billing and coding is improving revenue, while ensuring the system can effectively address audits.

 



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