[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.
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Case Study: Electrophysiology Module Helps Boost Physician Satisfaction At Cooper University Hospital7:48 am
As with many hospital systems, managing silos of information has become burdensome and time consuming. Lack of integration and automation are two of the biggest challenges in the modern healthcare setting. Cooper University Hospital recognized that they needed to tie together a number of areas seamlessly and provide a more holistic view of the patient.
Jeff Paschell, integration manager for Cardiovascular Services at Cooper University Hospital, acknowledged the disconnect between departments and that “physician adoption, physician satisfaction and report turnaround time (TAT) were not where we wanted them to be” as a result.
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?