A recent study from KLAS revealed that only 65% of providers believe that their cardiac imaging system was complete. Clearly there’s room for improvement in the cardiology department, which is why we’re witnessing so much consolidation in the marketplace. The report states that a key missing piece was the clinical reporting. But, even for vendors who provided reporting, functionality was lacking.
Based on this research, the industry is moving more toward fully integrated cardiovascular and cardiac imaging solutions. This would not only simplify the lives of technicians, clinicians and physicians, but also would ease the burden of dealing with multiple vendors.
The groundbreaking enhancements that led to the creation of McKesson Cardiology EP met with praise from cardiologists and physician members of Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) alike. (Source: VirtualStrategy)
“The McKesson Cardiology EP is a one-of-a-kind, complete, patient-centric solution,” said Andrea Russo, M.D., director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services, Cooper University Hospital and professor, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University.
“Generally, cardiology department electrophysiology documentation is spread across at least four databases, as well as paper records. This solution integrates all essential cardiovascular information, which will ultimately lead to increased lab efficiency, improved data accuracy and improved efficiencies for cardiology staff,” she said.
In cardiology departments across the U.S., thousands of electrophysiology (EP) devices are implanted into patients each year. These procedures generate hundreds of thousands of images in the diagnoses and treatment of various heart arrhythmias and cardiovascular disease. Imagine how many pairs of hands touch just one patient record. Right now, most healthcare data still sits in silos. Whether on paper or computers, information cannot be exchanged and departments and physicians cannot communicate.
What if medical imaging software existed that could communicate across disparate groups? What if true interoperability of HIT systems was possible?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Under healthcare reform, hospitals are being held more accountable for readmissions and greater data transparency. Many hospitals are focusing on heart attack care as a result.
Data collection, analysis and application capabilities built into cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) help hospitals more effectively collect patient data and improve patient care.
Let’s go back in time… Remember when it was Friday night, and you and your family decided to watch a movie? It used to be that you had to go down to your local video store and search through the aisles: drama, comedy, action adventure, until your head was spinning. Finally, you chose one or two that you hoped everyone would like.
Oh wait; there’s more. Now you wait in the line with everyone else who’s checking out a movie on a Friday night! And be sure you return the movies on time or pay a fine.
While doctors, in general, are in high demand, cardiologists and cardiovascular imaging specialists, in particular, are actively being recruited by a number of hospital organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. The day-to-day costs of running and managing a private practice combined with declining reimbursements are pushing cardiologists to seek out hospitals as their first line of defense. Having willing recruits makes filling these critical positions that much easier.
According to customer service experts Kristin Anderson and Ron Zemke, authors of “Delivering Knock Your Socks Off Service,” the following five key factors determine the vast majority of customer satisfaction with any given service:
- Reliability – the ability to provide the service that was promised and to do so dependably and accurately
- Responsiveness – the willingness and ability to help customers promptly
- Assurance – the sense of confidence, competence, and courtesy that the provider offers
- Empathy - the degree of caring and attention to individual customers
- Tangibles – the physical appearance of facilities and the quality of the equipment.
For 37 years, the American Society of Echocardiography has been dedicated to improving patient health and quality of life. It’s an organization of professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through education, advocacy, research and innovation to its members and the public.
Their 23rd Annual Symposium, entitled Cardiovascular Imaging: A Disease and a Patient-Based Approach, continues that tradition of excellence with a conference packed with educational sessions featuring state-of-the-art techniques and updates in diagnosis, treatment and patient care in the cardiovascular ultrasound field. Jointly sponsored by ASE and the ASE Foundation, the event will be held Saturday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.
The image of a doctor dictating his clinical findings harkens back to a slower-paced, less tech-intensive society. While many cardiologists still rely on this old-style information exchange, cardiology departments are moving away from dictation, and embracing structured reporting.
Structured reporting, which allows for the easy collection of information into discrete data fields, is especially relevant for hemodynamic monitoring. An integrated hemodynamic system can automatically populate the physician cath report with the invasive procedure details, saving the physician significant time in documenting the procedure. In addition, many of these same fields are required for registry submission
Top-tier cardiology is available at a hospital near you.
That’s the news from Becker’s Hospital Review, which published 70 Hospitals With Great Cardiology. The list is compiled on the basis of clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of cardiology. Becker’s emphasizes that hospitals cannot pay to get on the list.
We don’t have room to feature all 70 hospitals, so we’ll highlight a few details about one in each major region of the U.S.