Feature | March 31, 2014

ACC, AHA, SCAI Publish Structured Reporting Initiative to Standardize and Improve Patient Care

New health policy statement supports efforts to improve effectiveness, communication and coordination

March 31, 2014 — Led by members of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA) and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), 14 professional societies from across the world have developed a health policy statement that defines the clinical standards for structured reporting in the cardiac catheterization suite. The statement was published online last week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation.

The goal of structured reporting is to produce clear, concise, thorough and organized reports on catheterization procedures that include all information relevant to both clinical care and operational administration. For instance, it should include a minimum dataset that anticipates clinical, operational, regulatory and financial uses, and documents indications and appropriateness.

The result of this approach should be data-intensive reports that concisely and efficiently convey the details of a variety of catheterization procedures, such as those involving the heart and carotid arteries, peripheral blood vessels, pediatric and adult congenital and structural heart conditions, and valve replacements. The clarity, consistency and quality of these procedure reports will be a marked improvement over current approaches, which are inconsistent and vary widely among catheterization labs and vendors.

“Getting everyone on the same page is crucial to improving care for the patient,” said Tim Sanborn, M.D., MS, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, clinical professor of medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and project chair. “Structured reporting increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire catheterization team, improves communication and coordination of care, and reduces delays in care. In addition, it facilitates the use of data for clinical care, quality assessment, performance improvement, billing, regulatory and other purposes.”

The new published statement offers specific report templates to illustrate the principles of structured reporting. These templates help users manage the patient’s data before, during and after the procedure and integrate data management into the workflows of all care team members. They provide a step-by-step process from scheduling to analysis and outline how to compile a report once the procedure is complete. They also identify when, where and how the processes of data are integrated into the workflow.

“These data-intense reports will efficiently convey the details of the procedure, findings, analyses and recommendations of care for the patient,” said James E. Tcheng, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, FESC, interventional cardiologist, director of Duke Information Systems for cardiovascular care, Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C., and vice chair of the project. “They will reduce the documentation burden and allow physicians to focus more on care recommendations for the patient.”

Widespread adoption of this structured reporting approach will require a substantial transformation of catheterization laboratory reporting that will affect administration, physicians and staff. This transformation, however, is aligned with federal initiatives promoting the universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs).

In providing report templates, the joint effort will help accelerate the development and application of this new approach to reporting catheterization procedures. Yet also critical to the success of this effort is for health information technology vendors to build and implement systems that enable structured reporting.

For more information: www.cardiosource.org, www.americanheart.org, www.scai.org, www.hl7.org, www.ihe.net, www.sts.org and www.vascularweb.org

Related Content

Bard, Lutonix 014 DCB, drug-coated balloon, six-month endpoint, FDA IDE trial
Technology | Drug-Eluting Balloons| September 26, 2016
C. R. Bard Inc. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE...
smartphones, hospital tranfers, heart attack patients, JACC study, South Korea
News | Mobile Devices| September 23, 2016
Smartphone communication among medical teams at different hospitals can significantly reduce the time it takes for...
Robert M. Califf, FDA commissioner, future of cardiovascular medicine, JACC column
News | Business| September 23, 2016
Technology advances coupled with increased use of social media and personal devices could offer new possibilities for...
Medtronic, In.Pact Admiral drug-coated balloon, trial data, VIVA
News | Drug-Eluting Balloons| September 22, 2016
New data presented at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) conference demonstrated the durability, consistency...
4Tech, TriCinch TTVR, transcather tricuspid valve repair device, first implant
News | Heart Valve Technology| September 22, 2016
4Tech Inc. announced that its TriCinch device has been used in the world’s first-ever successful transcatheter...
Transesophageal Echo, TEE. Interventional echocardiography, interventional echo, Philips, CX50

Transesophageal echo (TEE) has become an essential part of the new transcatheter structrual heart therapies, giving rise to a new sub-speciality of interventional echocardiography.  

Feature | Cath Lab Navigation Aids| September 21, 2016 | Dave Fornell
The rapid growth of transcatheter structural heart procedures and the need for increased use of echocardiography as a
Sponsored Content | Videos | Inventory Management| September 21, 2016
With bundled payments putting increased pressure on hospitals to manage supply costs while providing quality patient
Claret Medical, Sentinal CPS, cerebral protection system, FDA marketing application, TAVR, embolic protection
News | Embolic Protection Devices| September 20, 2016
Claret Medical announced its filing of a marketing application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for...
Teleflex, AVA 2016 Congress, Association for Vascular Access
News | Vascular Access| September 20, 2016
September 20, 2016 — Teleflex Inc.
Edwards sapien, intermediate risk patients, CE mark
News | Heart Valve Technology| September 20, 2016
September 19, 2016 — Edwards Lifesciences received European CE mark to expand use of the Edwards Sapien 3 transcathet
Overlay Init