According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Under healthcare reform, hospitals are being held more accountable for readmissions and greater data transparency. Many hospitals are focusing on heart attack care as a result.
Data collection, analysis and application capabilities built into cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) help hospitals more effectively collect patient data and improve patient care.
Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., had the fifth lowest 30-day heart attack readmission rate among U.S. hospitals based on CMS’ Hospital Compare data submitted from July 2007 to June 2010. Collecting, analyzing and applying evidence-based data to patient care led CVHI to establish a heart failure clinic to accommodate patients who were not able to schedule appointments within the targeted seven to 10 days post-discharge. (Source: BeckersHospitalReview)
“We routinely monitor patient data; if anything is concerning, we notify the clinicians, who use their medical discretion to address those issues,” Chrisie Shand, data analyst for the Cardiovascular Institute at Tri-City Medical Center. She also attributes this as a key factor to achieving a low readmission rate.
Integration Key to Cost Savings & Quality Patient Care
Timely, accurate data is critical to quality patient outcomes, but, it’s the ability to integrate data on a single platform that guarantees consistent quality care and cost effectiveness. Now, doctors can access cardiology and echo images as well as radiology images from a single solution sitting in the cath lab. Disparate silos of information in cardiology departments are a relic of the past. The future of value-based services points clearly in the direction of “true” integration, meaning you enter the data once, and it flows to all the places it needs to be.
The ability to mine patient data at the point of care will continue to streamline cardiology cases. The capacity to analyze case volumes, case mix and types of complications by programming in these parameters is now possible. In the past, a thorough quality analysis could take months between gathering and reviewing this type of data. Today, we have much quicker turn-arounds.
With our robust system features, CVIS are designed with cardiologists and cardiovascular staff in mind leading, ultimately, to greater physician responsibility and better patient care.
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