Flying High with Change Healthcare’s Horizon Cardiology Solutions


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Eric Harrison is a Cardiologist but when talking about his experience with McKesson’s products, he sounds a lot like an airline pilot.

“Much as pilots can command every component of an airplane from their cockpit seat, I am able to diagnose my patient’s disease from a single workstation” because of McKesson’s products, he writes.

Harrison is the National Director of Cardiology at IASIS Healthcare, a 16-hospital system headquartered in Tampa, Florida.  Before IASIS implemented McKesson’s Horizon Cardiology combined with Vital Images’ Vitrea Enterprise Suite and TomTec’s 4-D Cardio-View, its cardiologists had to hop from workstation to workstation to see a patient’s cardio images and medical history.

This situation was “like asking an airline pilot to visit the control tower to receive weather and take-off parameters, to visit flight command for weight and fuel details, and to visit maintenance for clearance to fly.  Crazy, right?”  Because cardiologists were so busy going to different workstations, they had a hard time getting a sense of each patient’s unique story, and of course little time was available for collaboration.

The McKesson-Vitrea-TomTec combined solution helped Harrison and his colleagues “take-off.”  All data was available in one place, and images could be manipulated, labeled, and shared with little more than a few mouse clicks.  Workflow became much more efficient, and because the applications were compatible with web accessibility, cardiologists could study and discuss images and clinical histories even when they were traveling.

The inevitable result for IASIS was improved patient care at lower costs – or, as Harrison puts it, a “smooth flight.”  Colleagues from around the system collaborated much more frequently, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of unnecessary invasive procedures.

The analogy with piloting only goes so far, however, because as far as Harrison is concerned, he doesn’t really want to land.  He’s happy to enjoy the calm, blue skies of superior cardiology for years to come.

Read Harrison’s full article here.

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