Whether you crave immediate results from IT investments or love to get ahead of a curve, we’ve got points for consideration on integrating your organization’s cardiovascular information system (CVIS) with your vendor neutral archive (VNA).
Let’s talk about the practical side of integration, the part where you get near-instant gratification. First, if your organization has purchased a VNA, you want to leverage that investment. Connecting the CVIS to the VNA creates opportunities for more efficient storage asset management and reduction in administrative overhead. Most VNA systems today offer image management capabilities that are superior to most CVIS systems. Put simply, it doesn’t make much sense to have a central image repository and store cardiology images in a separate system.
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.
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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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.
As the U.S. economy improves – but continues to feel the financial impact of unemployment – hospitals are particularly challenged with both changes to health insurance coverage and the economic hardship of their constituents. Today, more than ever, affordable medical imaging that meets the business needs of the future has become a key driver in patient outcomes and return on investment.
No hospital knows this better than the Davis Health System in rural West Virginia, an area hit hard by the recession, and the focus of a recent McKesson case study we published.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Under healthcare reform, hospitals are being held more accountable for readmissions and greater data transparency. Many hospitals are focusing on heart attack care as a result.
Data collection, analysis and application capabilities built into cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) help hospitals more effectively collect patient data and improve patient care.
Let’s go back in time… Remember when it was Friday night, and you and your family decided to watch a movie? It used to be that you had to go down to your local video store and search through the aisles: drama, comedy, action adventure, until your head was spinning. Finally, you chose one or two that you hoped everyone would like.
Oh wait; there’s more. Now you wait in the line with everyone else who’s checking out a movie on a Friday night! And be sure you return the movies on time or pay a fine.
While doctors, in general, are in high demand, cardiologists and cardiovascular imaging specialists, in particular, are actively being recruited by a number of hospital organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. The day-to-day costs of running and managing a private practice combined with declining reimbursements are pushing cardiologists to seek out hospitals as their first line of defense. Having willing recruits makes filling these critical positions that much easier.
For 37 years, the American Society of Echocardiography has been dedicated to improving patient health and quality of life. It’s an organization of professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through education, advocacy, research and innovation to its members and the public.
Their 23rd Annual Symposium, entitled Cardiovascular Imaging: A Disease and a Patient-Based Approach, continues that tradition of excellence with a conference packed with educational sessions featuring state-of-the-art techniques and updates in diagnosis, treatment and patient care in the cardiovascular ultrasound field. Jointly sponsored by ASE and the ASE Foundation, the event will be held Saturday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD.