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Mary C. Tierney, MS
Vice President & Chief Content Officer, TriMed Media Group
Mary joined TriMed Media in 2002. She was the founding editor and editorial director of Health Imaging, Cardiovascular Business, Molecular Imaging Insight and CMIO, now known as Clinical Innovation + Technology. Prior to TriMed, Mary was the editorial director of HealthTech Publishing Company, where she had worked since 1991. While there, she oversaw four magazines and related online media, and piloted the launch of two magazines and websites. Mary holds a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University. She lives in East Greenwich, R.I., and when not working, she is usually running around after her family, taking photos or cooking.
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We know that inflammation is the root of much disease. But often getting rid of inflammation introduces more problems, for example, bleeding risks.

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If you want something done well, ask a busy person. That was one of my dad’s adages over the years. The same is true in healthcare, as many studies have found that volume—busy-ness—and quality in medicine go hand in hand.

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The vision was clear. The experienced heart and vascular team at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago needed a cardiovascular information system (CVIS) to stretch across its seven hospitals and 100 ambulatory care centers, physician offices and clinics. Like an architect constructing a solid foundation, they brought in a unified IT infrastructure to support enterprise-wide image reading, viewing, smart structured reporting and drive better quality, outcomes and efficiency. For this leading-edge health network, syngo Dynamics (Siemens) emerged as the enterprise-wide solution of choice for exchanging key patient images and data with the EMR, enabling near-instant, secure, HIPAA-enabled access to clinicians onsite and remote and ensuring interoperability across the enterprise.

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At 12 months, patients with stable angina or acute coronary syndrome had similar rates of major adverse cardiac events whether they underwent revascularization guided by instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) or fractional flow reserve (FFR), according to a randomized, registry-based trial.

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Tectonic shifts in healthcare delivery demand a broad collective skillset measured out among cardiologists, nurses, cardiology service line directors and practice administrators. Priorities need to focus on training and outreach from clinical, operational and financial perspectives as well as strengthening the heart team. Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute in Springfield, Ill., is part of one health system that is leading the way. Working from a mission and vision combining patient care with provider education—similar to the model in place at large academic medical centers—the practice is a judicious yet eager adopter of leading-edge technologies such as Abiomed’s Impella 2.5 heart pump, the smallest and least invasive percutaneous ventricular support blood pump. Care and caregiver collaboration is a constant. In short, Prairie daily demonstrates best practices that many other heart teams would do well to emulate.

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Priorities need to focus on training and outreach from clinical, operational and financial perspectives as well as strengthening the heart team — Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute in Springfield, Ill., is leading the way.

Simplifying Inventory Management

With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and changes to reimbursements, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA, recognizes it’s a critical time to control expenses.

Impella Coding Changes with QA

Watch this strategic webinar on the changes effective October 1, 2016, that simplify reimbursement for heart assist device systems, including Impella.

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Topping the list of must haves when rolling out a new complex PCI program are a solid mission to offer leading-edge technology, top-down administrative support, physician and nursing leadership, a quest for quality, and a well-oiled team.

From the Ground Up: Building a Better Interventional Program (Q&A)

San Juan Regional Medical Center's ongoing training and protocols has served the heart team well and their advice is solid for care providers seeking to offer quality care while maintaining a healthy bottom line.