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.
Although health systems have been adopting electronic medical records because of financial incentives and meaningful use criteria, the utilization of that information can vary widely on a day-to-day basis.
Structured reporting represents the ideal, the ability for patient data, test and scan results, diagnosis information and more to flow among systems in a way that this information can easily be reviewed. Physicians and cardiologists should have access to the right information at the right time and in the right format so they can make the correct diagnosis and guide patient care with confidence.
When it comes to software development, CMMI Level 5 is the gold standard, taking five years on average to achieve and involving the highest possible performance. Developed by the CMMI Institute, the Capability Maturity Model Integration is a process improvement framework that helps organizations achieve high-performance operations.
Development teams that have achieved CMMI Level 5 are capable of reliably and sustainably creating robust applications that meet or exceed project goals.
The latest, and perhaps best, example of this is Apple’s HealthKit, a cloud-based platform that may catapult the company to the forefront of consumer mobile health (mHealth). The mobile healthcare application that Apple introduced alongside the platform is called Health, and it promises to monitor key health metrics and then pull together information from non-Apple apps to give consumers an inclusive view of their health.
What is Image Results Anyway?
“Image Results” is the name of a Meaningful Use 2 menu objective. So you could conceivably just opt out of doing it if you already have six of the other menu objectives well covered. But since most hospitals will find it to be a quick win and it is so valuable to quality patient care, it would be a shame not to address it. Also, it is probably going to be core in MU3, so why put it off?
[Note: Read part 1 of this series here]
A Crash Course on Diagnostic Imaging Departments for the MU Team
If you already work in the radiology or cardiology department, you can skip this section and advance to the next one.
If you are a member of the Meaningful Use implementation team at your hospital, you are likely trying to figure out a lot of unfamiliar jargon coming from those nice folks in your imaging departments. Here is what you need to know to communicate with them on this topic.
This article will interest you if you live in the United States and are:
- A radiology or cardiology professional who has been asked a bunch of questions filled with unfamiliar acronyms and words like “Image Results,” “170.314(a)(12),” and “MU2” by your hospital’s Meaningful Use team, or you are
- On your hospital’s Meaningful Use team who just received blank stares when you asked your radiology department team to assist you with adding the “Image Results” to the objectives you can achieve.
You can’t avoid hearing about social media statistics. Whether they’re good (people using social media to support their health goals) or bad (people distracted while driving) it’s hard to miss the latest stats, including this one: the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of U.S. adults used social media sites last year.
As physicians, that means that almost three-fourths of your patients are on social media. Are you missing out by not joining the social media bandwagon? If you’re thinking about doing so but aren’t sure how, there are sessions that cover social media and medicine at ACC.14. To learn about the why, read on for five good reasons to use social media.
Technological advances aim to make our lives easier, but sometimes our main applications of technology as healthcare professionals – like filing, storing, and documenting data – seem to get more complicated each passing year. At work, medical providers certainly face challenging amounts of documentation that impede healthcare workflow—or should we say overflow?
At this year’s ACC.14, we’ll be talking about the challenges and strategies around managing healthcare workflow . We know it’s a concern.
Gall’s quote above can be very readily applied to meeting the needs of multi-facility hospitals and health care organizations, particularly, the needs of the medical imaging department. Some of the more common challenges with managing medical imaging across multiple facilities include:
- Radiologist travel needs
- Slow report turnaround times
- Disparate systems containing incomplete patient information
And it was this last challenge in particular, coupled with over 1,100 medical imaging system installations, that helped to drive the development of the newest enterprise medical imaging solutions from McKesson.
With the implementation of a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS), many cardiac units have experienced a drastic reduction in the amount of time their cardiologists have to spend doing tedious tasks. The collaboration between technology providers and cardiologists takes on added significance in light of a new report by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which reveals cardiologists will likely be under increased pressure from pediatric patients who are returning as adults.
Advances in Pediatric Heart Surgery