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Cardiology systems advance toward integrated EMR goalACC showcases ASPs and Web-based platformsCardiology information and image management systems continue to make strides in the uphill journey toward a fully integrated cardiovascular
ACC showcases ASPs and Web-based platforms
Cardiology information and image management systems continue to make strides in the uphill journey toward a fully integrated cardiovascular electronic medical record. Judging by many of the exhibits at the annual American College of Cardiology meeting in Anaheim, CA, last month, the Internet is playing a key role in facilitating this effort.
The ultimate destination, mapped out and driven forward by the ACC in collaboration with other professional societies and vendors, is technologically ambitious but clinically obvious: an electronic patient record that brings to the point-of-care patient history, dynamic and static medical images, electrocardiographic and hemodynamic waveforms, laboratory and other clinical data, and demographic and billing information. However, as is the case with the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort, opening up once-proprietary systems and making integrated medical records a practical reality remain works-in-progress.
Fortunately, several vendors who turned out for this years ACC meeting took what may be one of the most important steps in attaining this goal: using the Internet to enable easier and less costly access to images and information by physicians anytime, anywhere. Other important advances noted at the show include a broadening of integrated information and image management systems into applications beyond the catheterization laboratory.
The following is a roundup of some of the key advances in cardiology information and image management systems on display at the ACC meeting:
In related news, ADACs Healthcare Information Systems division in Houston and Fairfield, NJ-based OptiMed Technologies are collaborating on an integrated cardiac image archive and cardiac catheterization lab information management system called CAATi that physicians can access online both within the hospital and remotely. ADAC will market the new system, which is compatible with all x-ray catheterization systems and able to integrate echocardiography and radiography images.