Cardiology is arguably the most-data driven field in healthcare. With the recent conversion to electronic medical records (EMR), volumes of new data are now available. Therein lies the opportunity – and the challenge – for hospitals of every size.
Data is essential in helping providers improve clinical and operational outcomes in cardiology. At the same time, it is extremely difficult to quickly retrieve pertinent information using traditional methods of data collection, like transcription and paper-based documentation. This has led to an urgent need to integrate structured reporting into clinical workflows. A structured report is much easier to mine and analyze providing the ability to gain insights into the data.
Leading cardiovascular information system (CVIS) vendors are responding to this need with advanced reporting packages that incorporate analytics options.
Structured reporting can move a hospital to the next level in workflow optimization and clinical quality. But it takes an advanced CVIS, like Hitachi’s VidiStar, to maximize ROI on multiple levels and deliver a high level of customization options.
Following are some non-negotiables to discuss with a CVIS vendor that are specifically related to structured reporting.
Does the CVIS’ reporting package have the ability to:
- Query and analyze multimodality data to track performance and efficiency measurements:
- Physicians can easily track disease states and at-risk populations for better quality of care.
- Administration can track procedure volumes to improve efficiency and margins.
- Standardized terminology and mandatory reporting fields to ensure reports are consistent, complete and fully reimbursed:
- 77% of sonographers and 73% of physicians say VidiStar helps standardize their department’s diagnostics reporting.*
- 67% of physicians* say the quality of reports has improved as a result of VidiStar’s automatically formatting reporting functionality.*
- Improve conformance to quality standards for accreditation:
- 67% of physicians and 65% of sonographers note that VidiStar makes it easier to meet accreditation requirements.*
- Automatically extract measurements from ultrasounds and populate them into the report, increasing time savings and virtually eliminating human error:
- 85% of sonographers reported time-savings with VidiStar.*
- 80% of physicians noted time savings associated with VidiStar’s point-and-click reporting and automatic measurement population.*
“The use of standardized data to report studies has become increasingly important as we see increasing utilization of electronic health records. The [ASNC] guideline addresses the needs of the nuclear cardiologist to clearly communicate the results of complex imaging studies using standardized data in a structured format.”
--Peter Tilkemeier, MD
Lead author of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) updated reporting guidelines.
“New Imaging Guidelines for Nuclear Cardiology Procedures,” asnc.org/blog_home.asp?display=177
Cardiovascular medicine is rapidly advancing and changing. Yet there is consistent consensus across the field: Structured reporting is a must-have mechanism to improve quality outcomes and reduce costs.
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*Data based on respondents of Hitachi’s 2020 customer insights survey of 26 sonographers and 15 physicians using VidiStar