The image of a doctor dictating his clinical findings harkens back to a slower-paced, less tech-intensive society. While many cardiologists still rely on this old-style information exchange, cardiology departments are moving away from dictation, and embracing structured reporting.
Structured reporting, which allows for the easy collection of information into discrete data fields, is especially relevant for hemodynamic monitoring. An integrated hemodynamic system can automatically populate the physician cath report with the invasive procedure details, saving the physician significant time in documenting the procedure. In addition, many of these same fields are required for registry submission
Ease of Use – The Key to Hemodynamic Monitoring
Ease of use is a prime consideration when evaluating hemodynamic systems. The technologists and nurses charting the pre, intra and post procedure details must be able to efficiently navigate the software. Allowing for simultaneous data entry by the nurses and technologists in the holding area, in the lab, and in the control room, also ensure that the staff can work in parallel with each other. Workflow is also a consideration for physicians. Hemodynamic systems can speed the overall invasive workflow by auto-populating fields in the physician report, through the integration of the hemodynamic system with the cardiovascular information system (CVIS).
As researchers continue to develop new tools and guidelines for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, it is important to select a hemodynamic vendor that can adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. An example of this is the growing importance of recording fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment of coronary lesion severity. This requires connection of the FFR pressure wire with the hemodynamic system, ensuring that the FFR pressure snapshots (measurements and their association to one or more lesions) are saved as part of the patient’s record.
Hemodynamic Systems Improve Cath Lab Workflow
Few people in a hospital setting have the luxury of sitting down in front of a computer for any length of time. By automating and streamlining processes, hemodynamic systems improve cath lab workflow, allowing for better patient outcomes.