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 - Data Sharing

“Big data” can change healthcare into a system that better focuses on early detection and prevention rather than acute care—if physicians make better use of it.

 - social media

Cardiologists need a significant social media footprint that will allow them to guide discussions and engage patients in healthier lifestyles, but they should keep the virtual communication out of the exam and operating rooms. That was the consensus among panelists at a March 14 American College of Cardiology scientific session.

 - Patient Portal

Cardiologists and other clinicians might be wary of giving patients direct access to their EHR while they are in the hospital, but their concerns decreased after using it in a real-world setting, according to a study.

 - Hand with phone

Apple launched an open-source project that will facilitate medical research, including an iPhone app for monitoring cardiovascular health.

 - Reporting

A good picture may be worth a thousand words, but good image reporting helps cardiologists treat their patients optimally. A committee of European nuclear imaging and cardiovascular imaging professionals offered a series of recommendations on how to make that possible.

 

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High-risk patients identified by program but only 57% medicated

Providing quality care for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease relies on improving both identification and properly medicating those patients at highest risk. An Australian-based randomized cluster study succeeded on increasing one part of that equation, but not the other. 

KLAS survey: 45% pondering CVIS consolidation

One third of cardiology departments have consolidated their cardiovascular information system (CVIS) vendors and 45 percent plan to do so, according to a recent survey.

More at your fingertips: ACC adds conditions, tools to guideline app

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released more content for the Guideline Clinical app, the first update following the November launch. The update expands available tools and guidelines for valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation.

Cardiology PACS markets growing in N. America, Europe, Asia

The cardiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS) market is projected to grow at a robust rate in North America, Europe and Asia over the next five years, according to analyses.

Did u take ur meds? Texting improves BP/lipid medication adherence

In an increasingly mobile world, physicians need tools that include media patients won’t ignore. One London-based study sent blood pressure or lipid-lowering medication reminders to patients via text messages that required participants to respond, with some success.

EHR-linked reminders improve heart medication adherence

Sometimes, a little reminder does a heart a world of good. Real-world patients given EHR-linked, automated reminders to refill prescriptions for statins and other heart medications had better adherence to medication and ultimately better outcomes.

FDA clears noninvasive FFR-CT for assessing blood flow

The FDA paved the way for the use of software that uses CT data to calculate fractional flow reserve (FFR) to diagnose coronary artery disease.

Apps & appropriateness: Cardiac societies put guidelines, AUC at docs' fingertips

Guidelines and appropriate use criteria (AUC) are only effective if physicians use them. Cardiovascular societies now turn to apps to give physicians the information they need in a quick and user-friendly format. 

Program uses EHR to flag VTE cases in narrative radiology reports

An EHR search could help hospitals improve how they spot venous thromboembolism (VTE) cases. Using a bag-of-words approach, a model accurately and swiftly identified deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) cases from radiology reports.

Message is clear: Real-time texts reduce stroke door-to-needle times

An acute ischemic stroke intervention turned a simple text system into significant improvements in door-to-needle times for one center, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in Stroke.

When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

A pilot program that allowed patients to provide feedback on medications listed in their EHR found 89 percent of respondents requested changes. These patients were also more than twice as likely to use the health system outpatient portal compared to average patients, researchers found.

SCAI updates AUC calculator app

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) released an update of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) calculator tool for aiding clinicians in decision making. Updates to the app expanded the options for appropriately treating patients who are candidates for diagnostic catheterization or heart failure imaging. 

Supplier buys medication management firm for $12.2B

The medical technology company Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) will pay $12.2 billion to acquire CareFusion, a move that is expected to broaden the range of products offered to hospitals and software used for medication management.

Virtual cardiac rehab program clicks with remote patients

A cardiac rehabilitation program delivered to patients in small urban or rural communities beat standard care for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The initiative required less than eight hours of staff time per patient, potentially making it a cost-effective way to treat remote patients.

Following AHA guidelines cuts telemetry costs by $13K a day

Integrating American Heart Association (AHA) telemetry guidelines into its electronic ordering system saved a healthcare system $4.8 million annually without compromising patient care, according to a study published online Sept. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Pilot program to use HealthKit app to flag heart failure problems

Taking heart health data into a brave new world, Duke University is one of a select few piloting Apple’s HealthKit app. Researchers from Duke will be working with heart failure and cancer patients to pilot a program for uploading patient data to the electronic record using HealthKit. 

Looking beyond the tech at TCT.14

The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific session begins this weekend in Washington, D.C., so charge up your mobile devices now.

Best warfarin time in therapeutic range achieved using algorithm

In treating with warfarin, do physicians know best? New Zealand doctors second guessing an algorithm for anticoagulant dosing did not achieve superior results, according to a study published Sept. 2 in BMJ Open.

Telestroke network's 10-year record shows steady gains

Bringing quality healthcare to remote areas is not only feasible but sustainable. In Germany, a telestroke network launched in 2003 demonstrated progressive improvement over a decade, according to an article published online Aug. 21 in Stroke.

Computer model + 3D imaging challenge FFR as cath lab tool

Using 3D imaging and computer models to allow fast computation, researchers developed a method they propose may be safer, more efficient and cost less than traditional wire-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) calculations for assessing coronary stenosis.