Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) meeting. Read the article "CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders."
VIDEO: Use of Technology to Address Underserved Populations
Partho Sengupta, M.D., MBBS, chief of cardiology, West Virginia Heart and Vascular Institute, explains how wearable, smartphone-based apps and medical devices, and artificial intelligence (AI) might be used to cost-effectively triage larger numbers of patients in rural areas and in the developing world for serious diseases. He spoke at the 2019 American Society Of Echocardiography (ASE) meeting.
Sengupta is involved with a pilot program using the Butterfly app and transducer to turn a smartphone into an inexpensive ultrasound system. He said the idea is to have novice ultrasound users screen more patients with these types of devices and the exams either being sent to a remote hospital for reading. He said AI algorithms also could be used to help flag any exams that show abnormalities, which would greatly speed reads and getting these patients treatment.
Watch the related VIDEO: How Smartphones May Revolutionize Healthcare in the Developing World — Interview with Jacques Kpodonu, M.D.,
Partho Sengupta, M.D., professor of medicine, director of cardiovascular imaging and chair of cardiac innovations at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, discusses the 2017 Echovation Challenge, which highlighted workflow efficiency, at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting. See all the stories and VIDEOS from ASE 2017 in the "Top Echocardiography News and Video From ASE 2017."
This video, provided by Ekos, demonstrates the EkoSonic endovascular System thrombolytic system to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT), chronic deep vein thrombosis (Chronic DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). The Ekos system delivers catheter-directed fibrinolytics with the aid of high-frequency, low-energy ultrasound, which allows penetration of the drug deeper into the clot. Read the article “Acute Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism: A High-Stakes Conundrum.” Read the article “Aggressive Pulmonary Embolism Response and Evolving Technologies.” Read the article “Ultrasound-assisted Catheter-directed Thrombolysis Reduces Treatment Risks for Pulmonary Emboli.”
Linda Gillam, M.D., MPH, FACC, FAHA, FASE, chair, cardiovascular medicine, Atlantic Health System, suggests how cardiology-related services can demonstrate their value to providers and patients at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting. Watch the related VIDEO "MACRA's Impact on Cardiology," an interview with Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. Read the article "HHS Finalizes Cardiology Bundled Payment Model to Lower Healthcare Costs."
Shimadzu Medical Systems highlighted new features of its Trinias Interventional X-ray line at the America College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017. A key feature of Trinias, is the ability to image from fingertip to fingertip during a transradial approach, which makes for much shorter hospital stay with the patient up and moving almost immediately after the procedure. Features Like RSM-DSA, a type of motion correction subtraction, eliminating the artifacts from the patient motion during acquisition while STENTVIEW, is an enhanced visualization during stent placement in real-time. Shimadzu also highlighted its partnership with Raysafe and its real-time staff radiation dose monitoring solution. For more information: http://shimadzu.com/med/products/angio/index.html
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new cardiac ultrasound technologies at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2017 annual scientific sessions. Watch the related ASE VIDEO "Ultrasound Technology Trends and Technology to Watch."
Madhav Swaminathan, M.D., FASC, FAHA, clinical director of cardiothoracic anesthesiology, at Duke University Medical Center, discusses use of cardiac ultrasound in cardiac surgery and interventional structural heart procedures at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting. Watch the related VIDEO "What is Required for Interventional Echo - Discussion With Rebecca Hahn," or read the article “Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers.”
Partho Sengupta, M.D., professor of medicine, director of cardiovascular imaging and chair of cardiac innovations at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, discusses futuristic technologies that are entering cardiac ultrasound at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting. Watch the related ASE 2017 VIDEO "Ultrasound Technology Trends and Technology to Watch."
A discussion with Rebecca Hahn, M.D., FASE, director of interventional echocardiography and professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York. She is the national principal investigator for the SCOUT I Trial for the Trialign Percutaneous Tricuspid Valve Annuloplasty System. For information on the development of transcatheter mitral valve technologies read the article "Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Devices in Development." Watch a video with Hahn explaining the requirements for creating an interventional echo program to support structural heart interventions.
Chi-Ming Chow, M.D., MSc, FRCPC, FACC, FASE, attending staff cardiologist, St. Michael's Hospital, and associate professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, discusses new technology trends in ultrasound and what developments will effect the future of cardiac ultrasound. Read the article "Automation Enhances, Streamlines Echocardiography." Chow also discusses advancements in strain imaging and how this diagnostic tool is becoming more important. Watch this VIDEO session on the basics of cardiac strain imaging from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016.
Andrea Natale, M.D., FACC, FHRS, FESC, executive medical director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center, discusses how to build an electrophysiology (EP) program at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Read the article "Growing a Cardiac Rhythm Program in a Community Setting."
Lucas Boersma, M.D., Ph.D., FESC, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, discusses how subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) technology works, selecting patient appropriate patients and new S-ICD technologies in development at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Read the article "Subcutaneous ICD System Shows Positive Outcomes in Largest Real-world Study."
Watch the related VIDEO: How to Install a Subcutaneous ICD System
Read the related article New Technology and Market Challenges Facing Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new electrophysiology (EP) technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Learn more about the Heart Rhythm Society 2017 late-breaking electrophysiology trials.
This video, provided in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), is titled "Intraoperative Transesophegeal Echo (TEE) for Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)." It is presented by Kent Rehfeldt, M.D., FASE, associate professor of anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. This is one of the educational seminars presented at the ASE 2016 annual scientific sessions, one of the premier meetings for cardiac ultrasound education. For more information, visit asescientificsessions.org.
This video, provided in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), is titled "Strain Fundamentals Made Easy - Strain in Routine clinical Practice: Knobology and Beyond." It is presented by Teerapat Yingchocharoen, M.D., FASE, from Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He is also a co-director of the Echo ASE ASEAN conference. This is one of the sessions presented at the ASE 2016 annual scientific sessions, one of the premier meetings for cardiac ultrasound education. For more information, visit asescientificsessions.org.
Bruce Wilkoff, M.D., director of cardiac pacing and tachyarrhythmia devices at Cleveland Clinic, discusses advancements in lead management technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Read the article “ Study Shows Occlusion Balloon Saves Lives During Lead Extraction.” Read the articles “Advances in Transvenous Lead Extraction,” and “Strategies, New Technologies Aid Lead Management.”
Vivek Reddy, M.D., director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine, cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y., discusses advancements in leadless pacemaker technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Read the articles “Leadless Endocardial CRT Pacing Effective for Heart Failure Patients,” and “New Data Showcases Long-term Benefits of Nanostim Leadless Pacemaker.”
This video, provided by ERB, demonstrates the function and implantation of the WiSE CRT (Wireless Stimulation Endocardially for cardiac resynchronization therapy) leadless CRT pacing system for heart failure patients. Read the article “Leadless Endocardial CRT Pacing Effective for Heart Failure Patients.”
Hugh Calkins, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FHRS, director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, discusses advancements in AF ablation at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Read about the new AF expert consensus statement released at HRS 2017.
VIDEO: Current State of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Technologies — Interview with Hugh Calkins, M.D.,
VIDEO: Cryoballoon Ablation Best Practice Guidelines — Wilber Su, M.D.
This video, provided by Spectranetics, demonstrates how to deploy the Bridge Occlusion Balloon used to seal accidental tears in the superior vena cava (SVC) during EP device lead extraction procedures. A review of post-market release data shown it can bridge the patient to open surgical repair and significantly reduce the usual 50 percent mortality associated with this complication. Read the article about the late-breaking clinical trial presentation from Heart Rhythm 2017.
This video, provided by Medtronic, demonstrates the implantation of Micra transcatheter pacing system (TPS). The device is a leadless pacemaker for single chamber pacing and eliminated the need for a surgical pocket or transvenous leads. The design concept is to simplify pacemaker implantation and eliminate the need for leads, which open the patient up to additional device and infection complications.
Watch the VIDEO “Current State of Leadless Pacemaker Technology,” an interview with Vivek Reddy, M.D., at the Heart Rhythm Society 2017 meeting.
Read the 2018 article "New Pacemaker Technologies."
Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging. Read the article "HHS Finalizes Cardiology Bundled Payment Model to Lower Healthcare Costs."
Tom Kloetzly, sales and marketing VP for Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, explains the evolution of Shimadzu Corporation since its founding 142 years ago. Kloetzly focuses on the Trinias Interventional X-ray line shown at RSNA 2016. Kloetzly states “A key feature of Trinias, is the ability to image from fingertip to fingertip during a transradial approach which makes for much shorter hospital stay with the patient up and moving almost immediately after the procedure. Features Like RSM-DSA, a type of motion correction subtraction, eliminates patient movement during acquisition while STENTVIEW, is an enhanced visualization during stent placement in real-time." For more information: www.shimadzu.com/med/products/angio/index.html.
This video, provided by Medtronic, demonstrates the Resolute Onyx coronary stent. It was cleared by the FDA and launched into the U.S. market May 1, 2017. The stent is designed for greater deliverability and conformability to the vessel wall. It uses a radiopaque inner core wire to enhance visibility for accurate placement. Read the article "FDA Approves Medtronic’s Resolute Onyx Drug-eluting Stent."
David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Read the article “PET vs. SPECT — Will PET Dominate Over the Next Decade?”
A discussion with William O'Neill, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, medical director of the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. He presented a late-breaking study on the outcomes for 15,259 U.S. patients with acute MI in cardiogenic shock supported with the Impella percutenous ventricular assist device. Read more about the Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative.
The shift to value-based payment models requires focused attention on quality and cost. Lumedx’s Cardiovascular Performance Program offers a new approach to managing this transition so hospitals can improve outcomes — and dramatically reduce costs. See how complications reduction, cost-per-case variations and other key metrics delivered in real-time can drive radical change. For more information, visit www.lumedx.com.
A discussion with Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) President Michael Gold, M.D., Ph.D., director of cardiology and associate dean at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), at the American College of Cardiology 2017 annual meeting. He discusses advances to treat atrial fibrillation, new ablation and electro mapping technologies and innovations in implantable devices.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the interesting new technologies from the vendor booths on the expo floor at the 2017 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). For key technology trends at ACC.17, watch the VIDEO "Cardiac Technology Trends at ACC.17."
Stephen Ellis, M.D., professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology at Cleveland Clinic, discusses the two year outcomes of the ABSORB III trial of Absorb vs. Xience. The late-breaking trial was presented at ACC 2017. Read the article on the ABSORB III results. Watch a VIDEO with Gregg Stone, M.D., "Poor Outcomes for Bioresorbable Stents in Small Coronary Arteries."
MDBuyline analyst Tom Watson shares some of the most important trends in cardiac technology he saw at the 2017 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions. For a list of late-breaking trials and links to related articles read "ACC 2017 Late-Breaking Trials." Watch a VIDEO of Watson's assessment of trends at ACC.16.
Michael Reardon, M.D., professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, discusses the positive results of the SURTAVI trial that were presented at ACC.17. Reardon was the principal investigator for the SURTAVI trial. Read the article "TAVR Stands Equal to Surgical Valve Replacement."
Justin Davies, MBBS, of Imperial College London, and Matthias Götberg, M.D, Ph.D., of Skane University Hospital, detail the positive results of the DEFINE-FLAIR and IFR-SWEDEHEART trials presented at ACC.17. Read the article “Easier to Use iFR Equal to Outcomes of FFR in Coronary Lesion Evaluation.”
This video, provided by Abiomed, demonstrates the Impella percutaneous ventricular assist devices (pVAD). It offers between 2.5 and 5 liters of flow per minute to help off load the heart and aid organ perfusion in patients with significantly compromised cardiac output. The Impella has an FDA indication for cardiogenic shock and is the key device being used in the Detroit Cardiogenic Shock Initiative, which was launched in 2017. Read the article "Collaboration by Metro Detroit Cardiologists Increases Cardiogenic Shock Survival Rate."
Pam Rush, RN, MS, clinical program director, cardiovascular service line, and Craig Strauss, M.D., MPH, medical director, explain how MHI achieved significant savings by leveraging analytics software for reductions in patient complications, better vendor negotiations and other areas. Read the article “Advanced Analytics Software for Cardiology.”
ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technology that was displayed on the expo floor at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting. The two most significant technology advances are discussed in Fornell's blog "Two Technologies That Offer a Paradigm Shift in Medicine at HIMSS 2017."
This video, provided by Tryton, demonstrates the implantation of the Tryton Side Branch Stent. It became the first bifurcation stent cleared by the FDA in March 2017. The stent is deployed in the side branch artery using a standard single wire balloon-expandable stent delivery system. A conventional drug eluting stent is then placed in the main vessel. Read the articles "FDA Clears First Dedicated Coronary Bifurcation Stent" and "New Designs May Ease Bifurcation Stenting."
Enterprise imaging system expert Louis Lannum was in charge of Cleveland Clinic's efforts to connect images and other data from 33 of its departments into a single, centralized database that could deliver the content through a viewer in the electronic medical record. He spoke on the key requirements for enterprise imaging systems at HIMSS 2017. Read the article and watch related videos at "RSNA Technology Report 2016: Enterprise Imaging."
Machine learning is now being commercialized in medical imaging products designed to help improve workflow efficiency and augment the clinical user, not replace them. Steve Holloway with the U.K.-based healthcare market intelligence firm Signify Research discussed the expanding roles of artificial intelligence in imaging applications at the 2017 HIMSS healthcare IT conference. Read the article from HIMSS 2017 "How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging."