The image of a doctor dictating his clinical findings harkens back to a slower-paced, less tech-intensive society. While many cardiologists still rely on this old-style information exchange, cardiology departments are moving away from dictation, and embracing structured reporting.
Structured reporting, which allows for the easy collection of information into discrete data fields, is especially relevant for hemodynamic monitoring. An integrated hemodynamic system can automatically populate the physician cath report with the invasive procedure details, saving the physician significant time in documenting the procedure. In addition, many of these same fields are required for registry submission
It wasn’t too long ago that hemodynamic monitoring was difficult, cumbersome and fully analog. Today of course, with the advent of digital computerized systems, “hemodynamic monitoring” has become synonymous with procedural charting. Now the technologist is not only responsible for “true” hemodynamic monitoring, they must divert some of their attention to charting and recoding of the case.
This requires the hemodynamic monitoring system to be easy and streamlined to use, and to fully integrate the many facets of hemodynamic monitoring with the latest requirements to electronically track inventory, capture billing, assist in physician reporting and collect data for registry submissions. McKesson’s Horizon Cardiology Hemo system, for example,
A recent article in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology highlights some of the latest products for cath lab medical imaging systems, including one that improves image resolution ten times, one that reduces the radiation dose needed for a high-quality image, and one that enables hospitals to combine surgical and medical imaging-based interventional procedures in one operating room.
But none of these advances is meant to be used apart from other medical imaging technology such as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), cardiac echo (ICE) and transesophageal echo (TEE). The only way for medical professionals to bring all of this information together, however, is with a Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS).