Cardiology Workflow Roundup: 4 Articles Not to Miss This Month

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.


You Really Can Do More With Less—or At Least More With the Same

Radiologist uses radiology workflow solution for optimized workflowWe’re all being asked to do more with less these days. Turns out, with the right tools and workflows, you actually can.

Radiologists know the feeling of increased job pressure is very real. It stems, of course, from technology improvements that mean reading hundreds or thousands of images on a multiplanar and 3D display rather than a few dozen axial plane CT images. Not to mention a little thing called the move toward value-based care.

In a recent article on, Dr. Nicolas Argy, says the solution is optimizing radiology workflow to use the skills of the entire imaging team. Argy is a healthcare consultant who practiced radiology for 30 years.


Central Storage Critical to a Successful TAVR Program

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.


The 4 KPIs You Need to Run a Successful Radiology Imaging Department

Radiology Imaging KPIsYou know that nagging feeling you get when you’ve forgotten something? Well, many medical imaging executives should be feeling that way. What have they forgotten? Important metrics.

Yes, they’re measuring quality metrics like patient satisfaction, referring-physician satisfaction, and length of stay. They’ve carefully reviewed the recommendations from the Advisory Board and CMS’s PQRS program, and they’re religiously tracking their relative value units (RVUs).

Nevertheless, they’re not measuring things that are vital to the success of their radiology imaging department. Why? Because healthcare has changed, and the shift from volume to value has begun in earnest. To keep up, we have to measure items that matter in today’s world. Here are four things radiology departments probably aren’t measuring—but should be.


Industry Leaders Give their Perspectives on Patient-Centered Care

Diagnostic imaging and patient-centered care in a hospitalWhat’s next for health IT in 2016? As value-based, patient-centered care becomes more desired in the healthcare community, health IT must adapt to these changing models by moving away from a fee-for-service model.

How can diagnostic imaging departments help their organizations achieve this goal? We sought answers from healthcare experts, and they all pointed to the same conclusion: from the imaging department to the waiting room, there must be a greater focus on treating the person vs. the illness.

Here are some overviews of patient-centered care, and how diagnostic imaging departments can help their organizations implement it: