The health care industry has historically been slow to adopt new technologies and methodologies. But the accelerated rate of technological advancement, combined with a mandate to improve outcomes while controlling costs, is compelling health care systems to explore new solutions.
Health care systems that embrace interoperability, consolidation of data, and intelligent analytics will be equipped to provide higher-quality patient care. Adopting these technological solutions is particularly important to help create a more efficient and patient-centric cardiology workflow.
As we look ahead to ACC.16, it’s important to take stock of the current trends that are reshaping cardiology workflow and imaging. Read on to see what’s happening now and what is just around the corner.
Integration and Interoperability Are the Watchwords
Cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) integrate data from multiple sources to provide a more complete picture of cardiovascular health, including cardiac and peripheral catheter information, EP, hemodynamics monitoring, ECG, and more.
When a CVIS works with the EMR and VNA systems, it helps create a more holistic view of patient health: Health care providers can spend less time navigating a host of incompatible systems to obtain needed images, files and patient information, freeing time to devote to quality of care.
Silos Are Coming Down
Communication is crucial as health care systems make the switch to value-based care. When the same data needs to be updated in multiple isolated systems, each data entry point introduces the potential for errors. A single-database CVIS helps reduce this error potential and makes workflows more efficient. At the same time, this consolidation of communication channels helps eliminate redundancies that drive up costs.
Interfaces Are Becoming Streamlined and Smarter
As systems become increasingly interconnected, more data from more systems are available from one interface. This wealth of data can lead to better patient care ‑ but only if you can identify the most important pieces of the patient’s health care puzzle. The ideal CVIS interface presents the most relevant information in the most efficient way.
Analytics Is Turning Data into Results
Modern health care generates a tremendous amount of data, both on the provider and the patient side. But that data can only be used to optimize performance and improve outcomes if it is properly analyzed. Modern CVIS systems, integrated with EMR/VNA, have robust analytical capabilities to pull actionable insight from the data they collect.
For cardiology imaging professionals, the current trends in technology and methodology bring good news: Workflows are becoming more efficient and more advantageous to producing quality outcomes.
McKesson is committed to enabling interoperability, facilitating communication, and helping health care systems create lasting beneficial changes to the way they serve patients. For more information, come see us at booth 9061 at ACC.16, or contact McKesson today to schedule a demo of McKesson Cardiology™.