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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: 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.

 

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.