Cardiac Imaging Opportunities, News & More


Cardiac Imaging

Regardless of size or location, every organization’s cardiology department faces similar challenges. Whether it is lost time from inefficient workflows or mounting pressures to improve quality of care, these challenges have a significant impact on business performance and care outcomes. Technology for cardiac imaging is the key to improving performance.

In this section, you will find insights and opportunities to help you meet the challenges that arise in your healthcare organization. Value-based care, ICD-10, cardiology patient engagement and 3D echoes are only a few of the topics discussed by McKesson industry experts and guest authors.

Start improving your cardiac imaging and cardiology department today by reading the blog posts below.

Cardiology Roundup: Breakthroughs in Research, Technology and Treatment

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The beginning of cardiology as a medical specialty arguably dates back to 1628 when William Harvey published research demonstrating how blood circulates through the body. That means cardiologists and researchers have been exploring the circulatory system for nearly four hundred years.

Perhaps more impressive than how much we have learned about the heart since William Harvey is how much there is left to learn. As technology advances, we continue to chip away at unknowns.

This month’s roundup is devoted to innovations in cardiology treatment and breakthroughs in research. Read on for new research into plaque buildup as a heart attack risk predictor, a new treatment for congestive heart failure, and more.


Imaging’s Role in Helping Earlier Detection of Cardio Complications in Cancer Treatment

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Imaging clinician examining cardiology imagesThe cancer survival rate tripled between 1971 and 2001, a testament to advancements in cancer detection and treatment. While this certainly is great news, aggressive treatment is not without risk. During the same time period, a noted increase in cardiovascular diseases among cancer survivors has been identified.

This increase threatens to offset some of the gains realized in cancer-related treatments. Early detection of cardiotoxicity is important to lessen the chance of having lasting cardiac effects during or after the cancer treatment.


Three Surprise Benefits of CVIS-EMR Interoperability

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A Cardiologist Enjoys Data Portability with CVIS InteroperabilityQuality cardiovascular care requires robust interoperability between the CVIS and EMR. In a value-based paradigm, it’s vital that patient information be freely available throughout the health system. Storing patient data in the EMR — automatically and in real time, preferably– means cardiologists have access to a broader view of patient health, and physicians in other departments can draw on cardiology data.

When the CVIS and EMR are fully interoperable, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The following benefits are just a few examples of how interoperability and integration improve processes and patient experience.


North Mississippi Medical Center Benefits From Data Consolidation and Interoperability Across the Cardiovascular Service Line

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North Mississippi Medical CenterDealing with multiple medical systems while evaluating and treating patients, “drives doctors nuts because that’s not why they got into medicine,” says Dr. Barry Bertolet. Any simplification in the process would be welcome and streamlining the process to the point doctors can spend more time with patients would top any physician’s wish list.

Bertolet, FACC, who works at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said that McKesson Cardiology™ fits the bill. Bertolet spoke during a recent webinar sponsored by DAIC and McKesson on data consolidation and interoperability across the cardiovascular service line at North Mississippi Health Services, which serves 24 counties in north Mississippi and northwest Alabama.


Bundled Payment Spoils Go to Those That Can Work Together

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Cardiology imaging clinicians review images in a labThe Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is placing a premium on creating a more integrated, accessible flow of data for patients’ episodic and post-acute care. Providers across the spectrum of care have an increased incentive to collaborate more effectively as patients move between specialties and settings. CMS believes that the models defined in the BPCI initiative may lead to higher quality and more coordinated care at a lower cost to Medicare.


Cardiology Roundup: News and Breakthroughs

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3D EchocardiogramThe state of the art in cardiology is rapidly evolving. New imaging tools and techniques hold the promise of more effective intervention with less risk to the patient. Researchers are discovering new best practices for existing technology and creating standards that can lead to more consistent, higher-quality care — all while new research continues to push the boundaries of what is possible for diagnosis and treatment.

This month’s roundup of cardiology news highlights new procedures, new best practices, and breakthroughs in research.

1. Image Noise Reduction Technology Reduces Radiation in Radial Arterial Access Cardiac Catheterization


Cardiology News: TAVR Approval Shows Promise for Cardiac Cath Labs

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Cardiology Imaging Specialist Reviews ImageTAVR Approval Shows Promise for Cardiac Cath Labs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in 2016 when it approved two TAVR devices for intermediate-risk aortic-stenosis patients.

It specifically targets patients with at least a 3% STS-predicted risk of dying within 30 days of surgery. The action followed the release, four months earlier, of intermediate-risk trial results that showed that TAVR was equal or superior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).


Cardiology Imaging Roundup: New Studies and Recommendations

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Cardiology BreakthroughsCardiology imaging took big steps forward in 2016. One area that seems to be highlighted among the industry this past month has been the growing interest in moving towards expanded use of imaging techniques and risk assessments that can reduce or replace inferior or more invasive testing. As evolving health payment models take affect providers must continue to adapt from the status quo and strive to use the most appropriate imaging technology to help ensure quality outcomes in a timely manner.

The articles in this month’s roundup include studies and recommendations for both new technology and risk assessment. Read on to learn new indications for Cardiac PET, guidelines for three-dimensional echocardiography, and more.


Hunterdon Healthcare Drives Efficiency, Outcomes and Cash Flow with McKesson Cardiology

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Cardiology at Hunterdon Medical CenterHunterdon Medical Center, a tertiary care center in Flemington, New Jersey, was looking to update its current cardiovascular imaging software and processes to meet the expanding healthcare demands of the growing central New Jersey region. The medical center deployed McKesson Cardiology™ to create a single Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS). This new system provides physicians with anytime, anywhere access to studies that can be launched from within a single electronic health record (EHR).



Cardiology Imaging Roundup: New Developments and Breakthroughs

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Imaging Clinician Reviewing Cardiology ImageProgress in any scientific field — including cardiology — happens in two ways. There’s the slow evolution of best practices over time; a constant subtle change. Then there are flashpoints; sudden leaps forward that change the context in which slow evolution occurs.

Both types of progress are being made in cardiology right now. This month’s roundup of articles on cardiology and cardiac imaging captures good examples of each. Read on to learn about new guidelines for cardiac imaging, new uses for patient data, and a breakthrough that could change cardiac medicine as we know it.