Cardiac Imaging Opportunities, News & More
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.
TAVR 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 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 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).
Progress 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.
Cardiac care technology is advancing at an impressive rate. It seems like every month brings a new imaging technique, treatment option, or research finding with a lasting impact on how cardiac care is delivered or managed.
Cardiology imaging specialists have a unique role to play in the continued development of cardiac care. Innovations in technology require experienced, knowledgeable experts who can discern if, when, and how the new technology can be used to improve patient outcomes.
This month’s cardiology imaging roundup features two articles about breakthroughs in treatment, and two that ponder the implications of ever-evolving technology.
The last few years have brought increasing numbers of hospital, imaging center and ambulatory care mergers and acquisitions (M&A), all of which has created a number of challenges for diagnostic imaging. According to Modern Healthcare: Mergers & Acquisitions Database, 95 US hospitals and 84 outpatient imaging centers were affected by M&A activity in 2015. Pressures that continue to drive M&A activity are declining imaging volume growth, reduction of reimbursements, and the ever-present shift to value-based care. This has all driven the need for cost efficiencies and the ability to better manage patient populations.
When investing in a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS), many organizations choose only the core modules they feel will be most impactful. They reduce the initial investment by focusing on a few key areas, then rely on third-party workarounds to cover the rest of the department.
This multi-vendor approach can lead to a higher lifetime cost of ownership. A patchwork system requires multiple points of integration with the EMR. This means more maintenance for IT and more possible points of failure. It can also be a drain on time and resources, requiring redundant human effort for tasks an integrated system can perform automatically.
Advances in technology are poised to revolutionize value-based care throughout health care systems, and especially in the cardiology department. Non-invasive procedures, automated diagnostic tools, and more accurate imaging can all help improve risk assessment and treatment plan development.
Second-generation TAVR valves were a major topic of discussion at ACC 2016. These valves show promising results versus open-chest surgery for high and intermediate-risk patients. It is expected that further study will show the procedure is recommended for low-risk patients as well, making the cath lab an ever more important part of the cardiology department.
Since it was founded in 1949, the American College of Cardiology has been committed to educating practicing cardiologists, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge among clinicians in the field. This year’s ACC.16, the college’s 65th annual scientific session and expo, was an excellent example of that commitment in action. Over the course of three days, cardiologists and representatives from health care systems shared the results of clinical studies, explored the cutting edge of cardiology technology, and looked at the trends that will shape the future.
Here are the three big takeaways from our time as attendees at this year’s expo.
The health care industry has historically been slow to adopt new technologies and methodologies. But the accelerated rate of technological advancement, combined with a mandate to improve outcomes while controlling costs, is compelling health care systems to explore new solutions.
Health care systems that embrace interoperability, consolidation of data, and intelligent analytics will be equipped to provide higher-quality patient care. Adopting these technological solutions is particularly important to help create a more efficient and patient-centric cardiology workflow.
As we look ahead to ACC.16, it’s important to take stock of the current trends that are reshaping cardiology workflow and imaging. Read on to see what’s happening now and what is just around the corner.