One Cardiology Center, Two Technologies and Countless Young Lives Saved or Improved
A family from Pennsylvania’s Plain People community, which consists primarily of Amish and Mennonite families, recently took their child to Cardiology Care for Children (CCC), a small yet regionally renowned practice in Lancaster. They’d been referred by the girl’s pediatrician, who was concerned about her irregular heart rate. At CCC, sonographer Rebekah Tomredle skillfully scanned the patient’s chest with a new diagnostic ultrasound system the center had acquired only a few months prior. Upon interpreting the echocardiogram, pediatric cardiologist Devyani Chowdhury, MD, noted that the child had a Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm, which would require a surgical intervention.
“This was a self-pay patient whose family didn’t have much in the way of resources,” recalls Chowdhury. Had the echo not been performed properly and with state-of-the-art equipment, she adds, “we would have missed that finding. And the patient would have most likely never had another echo” because of their financial constraints.
“We may have prevented a sudden death,” Chowdhury says, “in the second or third decade of that patient’s life.”
This is just one case that Chowdhury, CCC’s medical director, and Tomredle, its technical director, are quick to describe when asked to recall recent episodes of care in which highly advanced technology made it possible for them to save or improve a young person’s life.
Their memories are fresh for two reasons. For starters, all children with heart conditions are unforgettable to the healthcare professionals who care for them. Secondly, Chowdhury and Tomredle selected the technology after long and careful tryouts of multiple products on the echocardiography market.
What’s more, when they began using the system, they made CCC one of the first provider organizations in the U.S. to pair this particular premium ultrasound machine—Hitachi’s Lisendo 880 with 2D and 3D capabilities set up specifically for cardiovascular indications—with Hitachi’s new-by-acquisition PACS offering, the cloud-based VidiStar system.
That was last May. Eight months later, Chowdhury and Tomredle report they are delighted with the performance of Lisendo, VidiStar, the combined might of the two technologies together—and, maybe most of all, the people of Hitachi Healthcare Americas.
“Hitachi’s support teams for both Lisendo and VidiStar have done pretty much everything we’ve asked them to do,” says Tomredle. “And the company wants to make as high-quality a product as they can, too.”
“And the Hitachi leadership is honest,” adds Chowdhury. “It was a refreshing surprise."