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 Change Healthcare industry experts and guest authors.

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

Cardiology Roundup: Radiomics, Research and the FDA

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Visualization of heart with vesselsCardiac imaging continues to advance as new technologies and research influence medical practice. With such a fast rate of change, success in the profession means keeping up to date with all these trends.

In this roundup you will find news to help you stay informed on a number of topics influencing the profession. There’s a warning from the FDA on a class of MRI contrasting agents. Research confirming the safety of MRIs for patients with legacy cardiac devices. And, an opinion piece on how to drive innovative nuclear molecular research.


Cardiology Roundup: Noninvasive Imaging Tests May Be Best

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Cardiac imaging continues to transform the practice of medicine and improve patient care. Advancements in noninvasive diagnostic imaging can offer safer alternatives — if not outright replacements — for invasive procedures. That’s welcome news for patients and physicians alike.

In this roundup you will find a new imaging management algorithm to help determine which tests to use when diagnosing coronary artery disease. Other researchers detail how they address complex cardiac cases through 3D printing and computer aided design. You also will get a high-level picture of future payment models proposed by the American College of Cardiology and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. Read on to learn more about the continued evolution of cardiac imaging.


How an Integrated CVIS Elevates Cardiology: A Success Story

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The Washington Health SystemThe Washington Health System (WHS) in Washington, Pennsylvania, is an independent, multi-facility hospital operating just outside of Pittsburgh. Despite their proximity to a city with a reputation for top-notch cardiology programs, WHS is able to maintain its market share through the forward-thinking mindset of their community-based organization.


Cardiology Roundup: Advancements in Imaging

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As cardiology evolves, less invasive imaging and treatment is becoming just as effective, if not more so, than more invasive options. It’s a welcome development: The more patients who can avoid surgical intervention and its accompanying complications, the better.

New developments in imaging technology hold the promise of capturing more data, more quickly, with fewer side effects for the patient. This month’s cardiology roundup takes a look at the state of the art, and what’s just around the corner. Read on to explore advances in 3D printing, 3D imaging, ultrasound, and more.


Consolidating Cardiovascular Information Brings Care and Operational Benefits

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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Memorial Hospital has increased efficiency using a single cardiovascular information management database.

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport leverages McKesson Cardiology™ to improve imaging and analytics

Editor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the DAIC website and is reprinted here with permission.

Located along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is a nonprofit, 445-bed facility originally established in 1946. More than six decades later, it is the main cardiovascular and neurotrauma care provider in the region. To stay on top of a rapidly changing healthcare industry, the hospital uses the latest single-database McKesson Cardiology™ cardiovascular information system (CVIS), bringing together its reporting from across all cardiac modalities. 


Cardiology Roundup: New Research on Radiation Exposure

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Cardiology imaging clinicianAs health systems make the transition to value-based care, it’s becoming more important than ever to treat the whole patient, not just the current problem. Part of this holistic approach is monitoring a patient’s cumulative radiation exposure. That means eliminating unnecessary scans (which also helps boost efficiency on the care provider’s side), but also reducing radiation exposure when possible.

There’s also a growing consensus that the concern shouldn’t be limited to patients, but should extend to the clinicians who perform the scans. Fortunately, new research shows it is possible to reduce exposure on both sides of the provider-patient relationship. Read on for the latest research in radiation reduction and avoidance, and to see where opportunities for further reduction remain.


Workflow Isn’t Just for Radiology (Part 1): TAVR Workflow Management

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Intelligent Imaging Workflow

In an earlier post, we discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2016 approval for two TAVR devices for intermediate-risk aortic-stenosis patients.

These devices specifically target patients with at least a 3% STS-predicted risk of dying within 30 days of surgery. The FDA’s 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 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.