3 CVIS Add-Ons to Help Make Your Cardiology Workflow More Efficient

2016-07-14
 

Two Doctors Discuss Cardiology WorkflowWhen investing in a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS), many organizations choose only the core modules they feel will be most impactful. They reduce the initial investment by focusing on a few key areas, then rely on third-party workarounds to cover the rest of the department.

This multi-vendor approach can lead to a higher lifetime cost of ownership. A patchwork system requires multiple points of integration with the EMR. This means more maintenance for IT and more possible points of failure. It can also be a drain on time and resources, requiring redundant human effort for tasks an integrated system can perform automatically.

Make your investment in a CVIS complete with the following three modules. Together, they form a single-database solution that can save time, increase efficiency, and help improve patient outcomes.

1. Full EP Procedure Workflow with Integrated Invasive Lab Workflow

Many cardiology departments invest in a CVIS primarily for the hemodynamic monitoring and reporting systems. Electrophysiology (EP) procedures are done in the same room with the same staff, but are often covered by a different vendor’s solution.

The EP procedure module lets you bring all the data into a single CVIS for storage. It enables the tracking of pacemakers and other inventory items for EP procedures, with the same functionality as cath procedures.

The module also consolidates the reporting process. Physicians and staff can use the same reporting procedures they use for hemo procedures, but with EP-based templates. The entire department can use the same system for reporting all invasive lab procedures, with a single integration to the EMR.

2. Integral ECG Management and Mobile ECG Solution

From a workflow and reporting perspective, invasive and non-invasive cardiology have historically operated in separate silos. Most vendors tend to solve the invasive problem first, leaving cardiology departments to patch together a solution for non-invasive procedures.

An integrated ECG management and mobile ECG solution helps consolidate cardio information from a non-invasive workflow into a single database. Workflow, review, and reporting can all be done through the CVIS, with a single point of EMR integration.

This integration increases workflow and data efficiency on the department level, and on the patient level for those who require both types of care at different points in their treatment.

3. Procedure Tracking Viewer

Non-automated procedure tracking can turn patient care into a game of phone tag. Nurses must call individual rooms from the nursing station for updates, then manually input the new data into the system.

The procedure tracking viewer capitalizes on the single-database approach of a fully integrated CVIS in a way that can drastically reduce the need for manual updates. The viewer uses data entered during procedures to update itself automatically, creating a dashboard that tracks the patient throughout the procedure.

These self-updating, data-based dashboards can provide a more timely and accurate report of each patient’s current status, allowing for more effective resource and staff management. The procedure tracking viewer can help increase patient safety as well as caregivers in the control room can spend less time on the phone and more time devoted to patient care.

Bring All of Cardiology into a Single Database

Data management and workflow efficiency are vital for value-based care. Investing in the core components of a CVIS is a good place to start, but can leave some crucial functions dependent on multi-vendor workaround solutions. It makes sense to consolidate systems—EP, non-invasive, and procedure tracking—into a single solution with a single integration into the EMR. A comprehensive system like the McKesson Cardio Suite can help cardiology departments improve efficiency, manage resources more effectively, and ultimately drive better patient outcomes.

To learn more about the McKesson Cardio suite, request a meeting or demo.

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