CVIS Takes Better Health to Heart


Better Heart Health Let’s go back in time… Remember when it was Friday night, and you and your family decided to watch a movie? It used to be that you had to go down to your local video store and search through the aisles: drama, comedy, action adventure, until your head was spinning. Finally, you chose one or two that you hoped everyone would like.

Oh wait; there’s more. Now you wait in the line with everyone else who’s checking out a movie on a Friday night! And be sure you return the movies on time or pay a fine.

Today, thanks to technology, you can search for a movie online, even picking from suggestions based on your likes. Then, the movie’s available to download where you can watch it on your TV, laptop, tablet or mobile device – all without ever leaving your home or waiting in any line. If only we could download the popcorn too!

CVIS: From Dinosaur Age to Tech Age

Like movie lovers, many cardiovascular departments had been stuck in the dinosaur world of an analog system that used a VCR tape or cine film to record images. Doctors searched through box after box looking for the necessary report. A courier had to run it across town to another physician who required it.

The process was slow, inefficient and tedious. Now, thanks to the advent of cardiovascular information (management) systems (CVIS), digital technology is streamlining cardiovascular care.

“In the past, we would have to look up the old tape, print the image and still not know the proper scale,” says Gary J. Butchko, M.D., FAAP, a pediatric cardiologist at Mercy Children’s Hospital. “The CVIS is extremely accurate for re-measuring, and the image quality is 10-fold better. We can read studies more quickly and accurately, and the patient isn’t inconvenienced because we can recheck immediately. Even in outlying, rural hospitals, I can report while the patient is still in the lab. It happens so quickly you would think I was reading for a patient in our own facility.”

3 Primary CVIS Benefits

1. Clinical Improvements in Efficiency and Accuracy

2. Operational Enhancements

3. Financial ROI

Clinical advantages. Data collected during the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease often spans multiple departments or facilities. Charting the progress of cardiovascular disease requires numerous tests, many of which are performed multiple times on the same patient. Quick access to that data for evaluation and comparison is of significant clinical value.

A highly integrated CVIS that includes imaging, structured reporting, ECG management and hemodynamic monitoring can provide a hospital with several benefits, such as:

  • A single database containing the complete cardiac electronic medical record (EMR)
  • One time point of care data entry
  • Availability of data to all system modules without the need for interfaces
  • Patient-centric workflow

Operational enhancements. Just as important as data collection is the availability and dissemination of the cardiac patient’s health information, regardless of where it was captured.

A CVIS containing a patient-centric cardiac EMR helps manage patient information throughout the care process, further improving the quality of care and patient safety by simplifying the flow of information, reducing errors and enhancing accuracy and outcomes.

Patient history, images, waveforms, reports and other important patient information helps you make confident decisions regarding patient care. Faster reporting capabilities also leads to quicker diagnoses and treatment. Armed with this complete data, you can make optimal, confident patient care decisions – right at the point of care.

Financial ROI. Today’s complex cardiovascular imaging and information environment requires an integrated, enterprise-wide solution that improves the quality of care, boosts efficiencies and reduces costs by providing quick, easy access to comprehensive clinical data. By automating the charging process, the CVIS decreases billing turnaround time and increases charging accuracy.

Cooper University Succeeds in the Digital World         

A few years ago the administration at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, was ready to take a big step. They wanted to replace an old CVIS with a digital system, as well as improve operational and energy efficiency, all on a tight budget.

Cooper chose McKesson and their partner VMware to design and implement the new digital system. McKesson brought its CVIS and, together with VMware’s engineers, carefully implemented its software so that it would be accessible from any computer in the Cooper system.

The results were exceptional. Wait time for images was reduced by 80% while image quality was vastly improved. The hospital estimated that it saved over $400,000 because of the McKesson-VMware system, and it anticipates savings in operational and energy costs for years to come.

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