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Chris P. Kaiser
Cardiovascular Business
The explosion of data that needs to be collected, stored and analyzed requires a greater scrutiny of the security of that information along the continuum of care. As cardiology practices and departments align their cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) and cardiology PACS (C-PACS) with greater accessibility throughout the enterprise, they will need to work with IT and other specialties to guarantee the security of their patient information.
Clinical Innovation + Technology
Siemens Healthcare is adding CARE Analytics to its portfolio of CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) applications. The new application allows dose received by patients during an examination with Siemens CT scanners, x-ray and fluoroscopy devices, and angiography systems to be analyzed and evaluated.
Health Imaging
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning, Pa., has selected DR Systems' Unity CVIS to meet its cardiology department's CVIS needs.
Health Imaging
People who underwent coronary artery calcium scanning with a subsequent risk factor counseling session that included a look at their calcium took more steps to improve their health without increasing downstream medical costs compared with those who did not receive calcium scanning, according to the results of the EISNER trial published online March 23 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Cardiovascular Business
It can be difficult for cardiologists to adequately manage their practices when the state of reimbursement is either in flux or in a downward spiral. Earlier this month, the CMS received a recommendation from one of its advisory panels to boost payment to physicians and and hospital by 1 percent. While that might not seem like much, it could be a harbinger of things to come.
Cardiovascular Business
The prevalence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes is relatively low. The most common cause of SCD in this population is congenital cardiovascular disease, with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy being the most common cause. The American Heart Association calls for screening with physical history and exam, but others, notably in Europe, include a 12-lead ECG to the screening paradigm.
Cardiovascular Business
In cardiac arrest patientsin-hospital and pre-hospitaldoes resuscitation produce a good quality of life for survivors after discharge from the hospital? The answer, simply put, is yes, according to a systematic review of the literature published in this month's Resuscitation.
Cardiovascular Business
Implementation of a rapid response system had a significant impact on medical and surgical patients with the occurrence of and survival from a cardiac arrest out of the intensive care unit. However, researchers could not explain the disproportionate number of arrests in the medical patients, according to a study published in the April issue of Resuscitation.
Cardiovascular Business
In recognizing both the chance of adverse cardiac events associated with sporting events and the value of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives, 15 members of USA Volleyball this month completed the American Heart Association's first aid certification.
Cardiovascular Business
Study participants who viewed a brief hands-only CPR video were more likely to attempt CPR, and perform better quality CPR in an emergency than participants who did not view the short videos, according to research reported in the April issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.