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 Imaging Roundup: 4 Articles Not to Miss This Month

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cardiologists discuss patient careAdvances 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.

The articles in this roundup highlight significant and promising developments in technology that may shape the cardiology department of the future.

1. Study Identifies Aortic Valve Gradient as Key to TAVR Outcomes

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.


Trends and Takeaways in Cardiology Workflow from ACC 2016

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cardiology workflow, acc 2016 roundupSince 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.


What You Need to Know about Cardiology Imaging as You Look Ahead to ACC 2016

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Cardiology Workflow ACC 2016

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.


Nine years into specialized IT program, a cardiovascular department grows in the L.A. basin

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Northridge Hospital Medical CenterEditor’s Note: The following article by Dave Pearson is posted on and is reprinted here with permission.

A full year has gone by since 425-bed Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles went live with a new enterprise-wide EMR solution from Cerner. The hospital likes what it’s seeing, but as capable as the system is for most departments, its cardiovascular reporting modules have not shown to be as versatile nor as precise as those in the McKesson CVIS, Northridge’s CardioVascular Center has been using since 2006.


Cardiology Workflow Roundup: 4 Articles Not to Miss This Month

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Physicians Discuss Cardiology WorkflowsThe current state of the healthcare industry can best be summed up by the late, great David Bowie in one word: “Ch-ch-ch-changes.”

The ICD-10 changeover went smoothly — until it didn’t, and health care systems are challenged to stay efficient while accurately implementing the new codes. Outcome-based revenue models require a new level of comprehensive health management. VNA solutions offer the promise of greater efficiency, streamlined workflows and better outcomes, but with a learning curve.

All of these changes — even with the challenges they present — offer great promise for a better-functioning health care system in the future.


Central Storage Critical to a Successful TAVR Program

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)As transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) becomes more widely used across the US, TAVR specialists are realizing that the measurement method being used (CT angiography, transesophageal echocardiography, or traditional echocardiography) to determine the correct valve size is less important than storing those measurements in a central repository for later analysis.

With TAVR, a catheter is inserted in the groin and passed up to the heart (the procedure can also be done through the chest wall), avoiding the need for open-heart surgery. A replacement valve is compressed, advanced through the tube to the correct position within the aortic valve, and expanded. Some TAVR valves are mounted on a balloon to help with expansion; others are self-expanding.


Why A CVIS Can Bring Harmony to Hemodynamic Systems and the EHR

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CVIS, Cardiac imagingWhat 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.


What Makes A Complete Cardiac Imaging Solution?

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CVIS, Cardiac imaging futureThe cardiovascular service line has been rapidly evolving in the past several years, as new flavors of data and imagery are developed. This evolution has opened a significant opportunity for providers to consolidate their imaging and data efforts, rather than have them battle against each other within the service line.

Cardiac imaging providers can help with these interdepartmental data skirmishes by seeking a complete, centralized cardiovascular information system (CVIS). Unlike the image-centered focus of a cardiology PACS, a modern CVIS helps prioritize data integration within the entire service line.


Cardiac Imaging in 2020: Building a Complete CVIS for the Future

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CVIS, Cardiac imaging futureWhat makes a modern, future-ready cardiovascular information system (CVIS)? Imagine the ability to connect all of your cardiology imaging data into to a single point of access that is available across the entire cardiac enterprise. No longer would you be forced to scour multiple systems for the right information, wasting valuable resource time.

This game of departmental hide-and-seek is fading away in the cardiac imaging world. Providers are beginning to project toward what cardiac imaging should look like by 2020 – and how they can streamline their CVIS.


Data and Reporting at Washington Health System

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Editor’s Note: This article by Marcia Deeb recently ran on the Cath Lab Digest and is reprinted here with permission.

Data and Reporting at Washington Health System

Cath Lab TechTell us about your history with McKesson Cardiology and where you are today.

When Washington Health System first began using the system in 2006, we started out slowly. We began with echo and hemodynamics for the cath lab. We then moved into cath and echo reporting.

Since that time, our scope has broadened, so we now have modules for electrophysiology, peripheral vascular ultrasound, stress, nuclear medicine, charge management, inventory management, a medications and lab interface in the hemo system, and support for electrocardiogram review and reporting. I believe we have everything that McKesson currently offers.