Agfa Healthcare introduced new functionality and workflow improvements for its completely revised cardiovascular information system (CVIS), introduced at the American College of Cardiology 2013 meeting. The CV12 system offers new solutions for echocardiography, nuclear perfusion imaging, cath lab reporting and ECG management and reporting. For more information, visit www.agfahealthcare.com
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Suhny Abbara, M.D., FSCCT, chief of cardiothoracic imaging and chair of the CT operations committee, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, incoming president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and editor of the new RSNA journal Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. He spoke to DAIC at SCCT 2018 meeting.
McKesson highlighted enhancements to its cardiovascular information system (CVIS) version 13. The system offers new modules for electrophysiology, inventory control and aids interoperability for better change capture and data mining. For more information, visit www.allaboutCVIS.com
The Iowa Heart Center created a telecardiology program that connects cardiologists in Des Moines with satellite facilities in rural towns around the state. With help from Esaote, patients can have their echo exams performed on a compact ultrasound system and delivered to Des Moines for review by experts. Iowa Heart will detail its program during sessions at ACC.2013, March 9-11, in San Francisco.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights the latest advancements that will impact cardiovascular imaging from the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. RSNA is the largest medical imaging show in the world and most advancements are shown here first.
Imaging Technology News experts discuss the trends and latest technology they saw on the show floor and in sessions at RSNA 2012. Their discussions include some of the most innovative new devices and software to solve issues facing radiology today.
Siemens' syngo Aortic ValveGuide software enables transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedural guidance with integration of 3-D images on live fluoro imaging. This video shows the valve guidance technology used during the implantation of a Medtronic CoreValve device. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
To help hospitals upgrade their electrophysiology (EP) reporting systems and integrate EP into cardiovascular and hospital reporting systems, Michael Mirro, M.D., FACC, medical director, cardiology/electrophysiology, Parkview Physicians Group, Ft. Wayne, Ind., offers suggestions of what to look for in systems. He spoke about cardiovascular/EP IT integration and the impact of healthcare reforms during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012 scientific sessions. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Editor Dave Fornell discusses trends and shares his choices of the most innovative technologies shown on the floor of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 Scientific Session, held March 24-27 in Chicago. A couple of key trends were evident on the show floor — new technology to support trans-aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the launch of new cardiovascular image and information systems (CVIS) to support healthcare's adoption of proposed Stage 2 meaningful use (MU) requirements. Other highlights include a balloon-inflatable TAVR/EVAR introducer sheath, 3-D intra-cardiac echo, a mobile angiography system for hybrid ORs and chocolate for heart health. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
During the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 Scientific Session, McKesson displayed new features for its cardiovascular information system (CVIS). These included an electrophysiology (EP) reporting workflow, the addition of stress and Holter support and integrated inventory management. The features were shown as works-in-progress as part of the upcoming release of McKesson Cardiology v13.0, slated for release by early summer 2012. The EP reporting module integrates diagnostics including tilt tables, implantable devices and ablation treatment EP recording systems. For more information: www.allaboutCVIS.com
DAIC editor Dave Fornell explains some of the most innovative cardiovascular imaging technologies showcased by vendors at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December 2011.
At RSNA 2011, McKesson shared case studies about its CVIS end-users, who are enjoying new features that increase efficiencies and save time.
At RSNA 2011, Toshiba unveiled its Aplio 500 ultrasound system, which offers a unique 3-D fly-through imaging capability. The system takes the image dataset and processes it to create a cine loop fly-through of any hollow, fluid-filled blood vessel, duct or organ. The example in this video is of a blood vessel in the liver. The capability and image quality is similar to what is seen in a virtual colonoscopy created from CT datasets. The technology was highlighted in our editor's choice for most innovative new technologies at RSNA 2011. The future applications of this technology may include 3-D ultrasound navigation aids for vessels in the cath lab.
MIM Software offers remote viewing software to call up diagnostic-quality medical images on an iPad, iPhone and other smart phones. The software, images and computing power are hosted on a cloud-based server, which can be accessed with these devices from any location. MIM Chief Technology Officer Mark Cain demonstrates the system during the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) 2011 annual meeting.
Horizon Cardiology provides solutions to some of the challenges encountered by clinicians today, particularly to improve workflow. It provides improved interfacing, eliminates redundancies and gives clinicians the information they need to perform at maximum efficiency. Other improvements to workflow efficiencies include the charge manager, as well as improving the flow of information from the cath lab. McKesson also has been experimenting with development of an interface for the iPad. For more information: www.AllAboutCVIS.com
Horizon Cardiology, a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS) from McKesson, enables improved quality of care, a boost in efficiencies and reduced costs while increasing physician and staff satisfaction. The systemâ??s parallel workflows are the key to improving the adoption rate of structured data reporting for echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, nuclear cardiology, cardiac and peripheral catheterization, and ECG management. In addition, McKesson provides a fully integrated hemodynamics monitoring system that populates the cardiovascular record without the need for interfaces. The design of Horizon Cardiology brings the workstation to the clinician through the Web, while the robust architecture is designed with business continuity for good uptime and server virtualization for decreased operating costs. The latest release of Horizon Cardiology has extended the echocardiography module to include congenital reporting. This module includes new features that allow you to compare multiple Z-scores, graphically trend measurements, carry previous report information forward and much more. Error-prone and time-consuming steps in the charge process can be eliminated with Horizon Cardiology Charge Manager. Rather than requiring multiple staff members to re-enter data into multiple systems for every procedure, this charge capture solution makes it possible to enter procedural data once, in a single system. As part of the Charge Manager workflow, the system instantaneously generates a charge audit worklist, simultaneously displays charges and reports on the same screen and supports technical and professional interfaces. Horizon Cardiology includes fully integrated support for fractional flow reserve (FFR), automatically capturing results in a physicianâ??s report. This helps eliminate the time and errors associated with manual data entry and ensures critical data is instantaneously available for review. This integrated FFR is designed to work within an existing infrastructure, eliminating dedicated FFR equipment and offering an immediate return on investment. For more information: www.AllAboutCVIS.com