Technology | March 12, 2014

McKesson QICS for Cardiology Aims to Improve Workflow, Efficiency

McKesson QICS Cardiac PACS QA Systems Cardiology Data Management


March 12, 2014 — McKesson announced a cardiology solution called Qualitative Intelligence and Communication System (QICS). QICS for cardiology helps organizations automate and manage cardiology workflows to promote efficiency and effectiveness. The solution offers integrated workflows and results communications management within the cardiovascular information system (CVIS).

OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Ill., is piloting QICS for cardiology to save time for clinicians, meet regulatory requirements and improve overall quality. "The QA requirements for ICAEL and ICAVL can be a rather daunting task for those charged with collecting this information," said Steve Kastelein, diagnostic imaging manager, OSF Healthcare. "With QICS for cardiology, we now have tools at the clinicians’ fingertips to collect, track and analyze this QA data. We are looking forward to having more complete and timely QA information not only to meet certification requirements but to improve the overall quality of our echo departments."

McKesson is customizing its workflow solution for cardiology-specific needs. QICS for cardiology integrates with McKesson Cardiology CVIS to enable configuring, carrying out and monitoring flexible automated workflows in cardiology departments. The ability to implement automated quality of care workflows within the CVIS eliminates manual hand offs and helps to minimize staff resource costs.

QICS for cardiology provides a reliable communication system to help improve patient care by facilitating the care continuum. In the past, a department manager would have to pick up the phone and issue an internal page to communicate critical results and activate the care team. Now, critical results messages are available within the CDS to help expedite emergency care.

Each of the solutions -- critical results management, echo interpretation variability and echo performance variability -- are based on Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) guidelines for streamlined quality workflows. Knowing that every facility has its own specific needs, McKesson will also configure customized solutions to help an organization automate its workflow.

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