CVIS and PACS Ending Information Systems Silos

2011-07-12
 

CVIS and PACSA recent article from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology confirms what we at McKesson have known for a long time: that the goal of cardiovascular information systems (CVIS), also sometimes referred to as cardiology PACS, is to replace disparate software systems with a single solution, enabling medical imaging professionals to be much more efficient while improving care.

In the past, the cardiology department would have disparate systems for cath, echo, ECG management, etc. Cardiologists and other medical imaging professionals had to log into each system separately, and in many cases, information and images that were available in one location (like a hospital) were not available at another (like a clinic). To use technical language, the systems were “siloed.”

A CVIS overcomes these and other problems by offering:

  • One system. No more multiple logins, clicking between different tabs, or other time-wasting procedures.  Duplicate data entry is eliminated, since data entered for one part of the cardiovascular record, passes seamlessly (and without interfaces) to other parts of the cardiovascular record – such as from a hemodynamic monitoring system to a catheterization procedure.
  • Easy access. Cardiologists and other medical imaging professionals can access the entire cardiovascular record from any computer within a hospital’s network and, in many cases, remotely (and even with a mobile device).
  • Expandability. A CVIS can start as a centralized system for two or three different modalities and grow as needed. With a CVIS, in other words, it’s easy to incorporate new imaging systems – like cath, echo, ECG, CT, MRI, nuclear, and the inevitable upgrades of old software – into the central database.
  • Interoperability. A CVIS is not simply a big silo that contains lots of smaller silos. It is truly a single system, with a single database, which gives cardiologists and other medical imaging professionals the ability to see the entire cardiovascular story of a patient – including non-imaging information like lab test results, ECGs and a patient’s cardiovascular history – all at once.
  • Integration with other hospital systems. Billing, supply ordering, electronic medical records, and others – they all can be seamlessly integrated with a CVIS.

All of these CVIS features improve the quality of work in a cardiology department while also improving the efficiency of cardiologists, imaging technicians, and administrators.

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