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Patients want healthcare cost information, but price lists alone aren’t turning them into savvy shoppers.

The healthcare delivery environment continues to evolve, requiring clinicians and practice executives to seek solutions that will lead to a pathway of success.

Concierge cardiologists report high job satisfaction along with more stable practice revenue, but experts caution specialists to learn about the differences in practice models.   

As Cardiovascular Business enters its second decade, our team has been pondering what the magazine’s pre-teen and teen years will be like. Are we looking at dignified maturity or awkward adolescence? 

Six healthcare organizations are joining forces with the goal of streamlining preapproval for patients’ medical treatments. The collaboration, they said, will give patients access to timely, affordable care while reducing administrative burdens for healthcare professionals, hospitals and insurance providers.


Recent Headlines

  Novarad NovaCardio PACS
NovaRad (10035) is releasing a new version of its NovaCardio PACS, which meets the image access and reading needs of the hospital cath lab and echo room.
RADinfo Systems
  RADinfo Systems DICOMmail
RADinfo Systems (1026) is displaying its secured version of PowerPACS DICOMmail software, which allows physicians to send DICOM image studies and reports through email systems.
ScImage ScImage (13005) will be demonstrating its latest web-based cardiology viewing suite designed to eliminate the need for dedicated workstations in routine clinical viewing. The solution enables a content rich diagnostic environment that includes cath, echo, nuclear, ECG and cardiac CT right at the physician’s finger tips.
Integrated Cardiac Records Drive Efficiency

Cardiology is where radiology was about five years ago, says Joseph Marion, an independent consultant and principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies. While PACS was originally viewed as an image management solution, users eventually realized it was really an integration of images into the rest of the workflow. “The same thing is now starting to happen with cardiology, but because there are so many different players and systems, it’s a bit more of a challenge.”

Back Page: Top Five Project Management Bottom-Line Boosters

The next time you hear the words “bottom-line” when you’re sitting in the weekly departmental meeting, don’t roll your eyes. Instead, think about all the ways that you as a leader who often spearheads projects can help to boost that bottom-line. Following are five proven ways to do so.

First Word: Challenges and Opportunities in Cardiology

Analysts have predicted that peripheral endovascular procedures will dwarf cardiac procedures in short order. It’s no wonder, then, that an increasing number of cath labs have already begun the transition from single- to multi-specialty rooms.

Philips restructures to simplify patient data flow throughout the hospital Philips Healthcare has realigned its portfolio of clinical  informationsolutions including patient monitoring, enterprise and clinical imagemanagement, anesthesia information, women’s health information andcardiology information systems in order to meet clinical workflow andinformation needs.
Optra, TCS partner for bio-medical imaging software Optra systems, a Pune, India-based lifescience and healthcare imaginginformatics company, has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services(TCS), to jointly design and implement complete imaging softwaresolution for the life science and healthcare industry.
No more imaging cuts in 2009 Medicare budget; physicians payments to shrink
President George W. Bush’s budget released Monday proposedunprecedented reductions in Medicare spending for non-physicianproviders, but did not propose cuts specifically targeted to diagnosticimaging services.
BMJ: Calcium supplements may lead to cardiovascular events in older women

Calcium supplementation in healthy postmenopausal women is associatedwith upward trends in cardiovascular event rates, according to a studypublished online Jan. 15 in BMJ.