What makes a harmonious data relationship in cardiac imaging? All communications between cath labs and the EHR flow seamlessly, and new technologies are integrated swiftly without disruption. That flow is critical for cardiac providers to avoid duplicate data entries and burdensome manual processes when they file reports.
Cardiologists can establish such harmony in their department by integrating a centralized cardiovascular information system (CVIS) with hemodynamic systems and their EHR. Not only will this increase data processing efficiencies on the back end, it will also generate faster front-end workflows and meet emerging federal integration requirements.
Dave Fornell, Editor for the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology magazine (DAIC), identified how cardiologists can perform these integrations in a recent McKesson-sponsored supplement of his publication. Fornell identified two key elements from a CVIS that help to harmonize data relations between hemodynamic systems and the EHR.
1. Establishes an easy access point between all sources
Fornell noted that the hemodynamic monitoring system is at the center of all processes in a catheterization lab, so integrating with the CVIS through a single point of access can reduce inefficient manual data entries.
“The hemodynamic data is not only important to interventional cardiologists, but to other users of the cath labs, including interventional radiology, vascular surgeons and electrophysiology,” Fornell said.
“Tight [EHR] integration allows all patient information from cardiology to flow into the [EHR] so there is a single access point for the data, and duplicate data entry is avoided.”
Fornell cited a McKesson case study featuring Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California, who had previously used a Witt hemodynamic system and a stand-alone Optimed PACS before pursuing a CVIS in 2007. Northridge’s success after the transfer was largely due to the CVIS’ seamless integration with their hemodynamic systems.
“That integration allows multiple people to chart data on the same patient at the same time; the hemodynamic data is immediately available in the CVIS physician report, instead of requiring a case to be closed and then the data transferred after a procedure,” Fornell said.
“The data also auto-populates and completes sections of the cath report as the procedure is in progress.”
This integration is what makes a CVIS different from EHR cardiac modules; the ability to harmoniously integrate with a cath lab hemodynamic system.
Using a web-enabled CVIS can further increase efficiencies between hemodynamic systems and the EHR. Fornell notes that always-on technologies (like mobile devices) can keep cardiologists aware of events, even during off-duty hours.
“This capability can greatly impact after-hours or late-in-the-day exam read times, where reports can be finished at home, rather than requiring physicians to stay late or drive in to read an exam,” Fornell said.
2. Enables deeper data analysis and mining
As data analytics becomes increasingly important, cardiac departments can benefit from the real-time distribution of performance data available within a CVIS. Fornell notes that such real-time information can significantly impact provider workflows.
“This is enabled by CVIS systems with analytical capabilities and the use of structured reporting, where measures and taxonomy are standardized so apples-to-apples comparisons can be made,” Fornell said.
Easy access to data from within the CVIS also has regulatory benefits, helping providers align with new reporting templates from federal registry agencies.
“Automatic transfer of hemodynamic data also helps reduce the manual process of transferring information into registry reporting templates for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) CathPCI database,” Fornell said.
With a modern CVIS, cardiologists can bring their EHR and hemodynamic systems into one harmonious relationship, reducing the need for manual data processes and saving valuable time on the front end. To learn more about McKesson’s CVIS and Hemo solutions, request a demo at ACC or contact us for more information.