Streamlining CVIS Workflow for Heart Patients of the Future

2013-04-03
 

Cardiologist With PatientWith the implementation of a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS), many cardiac units have experienced a drastic reduction in the amount of time their cardiologists have to spend doing tedious tasks. The collaboration between technology providers and cardiologists takes on added significance in light of a new report by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which reveals cardiologists will likely be under increased pressure from pediatric patients who are returning as adults.

Advances in Pediatric Heart Surgery

Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart’s structure and function which is present at birth. There are more than 787,000 adults with congenital heart disease in the United States. Advances in pediatric heart surgery and cardiac care have increased the lifespan of children saved by pioneering heart surgery years ago. In a report that was presented at this year’s annual scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) these same children, now adults, are showing up at hospitals in record numbers.

Since the ACC meeting was all about the transformation of cardiovascular care – from discovery to delivery, it is critical to meet the needs of this growing patient population.  CVIS systems play an important role in that process by improving patient safety and quality of care by providing physicians with anywhere access to each patient’s complete cardiovascular medical record.

Alarming Rise In Admissions

Adults with congenital heart disease remain at risk for frequent hospitalizations. In 2010, there were more than 100,000 hospital admissions of adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Jared O’Leary, a researcher at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital and lead author of the JAMA report, warned that “The rise in admissions speaks to the overall burden that this population is going to have in our medical system in the future.”

In estimating that 35,000 of these patients join the adult ranks each year, Gary Webb, director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center stated, “The American health-care system isn’t prepared to meet the needs of these patients in a high-quality way.”

By attending the Heart Rhythm 2013 conference in Denver, this May 8-11, you will have a chance to see firsthand how cutting edge cardiac advancements and products are being developed that will speak to the concerns raised by both O’Leary and Webb.

Among the new products on display will be McKesson Cardiology™ EP, originally released last summer, as the first truly comprehensive workflow, reporting and data management solution for EP labs.  You can see McKesson Cardiology™ EP first hand by visiting us at booth 647 on the conference floor.

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