As Featured in Diagnostic and Inverventional Cardiology Magazine
By Val Kapitula and Jen Ireland, Ascendian Healthcare Consulting
Today’s healthcare is changing in many ways and so are the processes, technology and people delivering the extremely complex cardiology procedures and services. There are multiple biomedical and technical advances that are proving to optimize patient care. With declining budgets and reimbursements, healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to develop effective ways of improving efficiency and reducing costs, while maintaining high levels of patient care. Cardiology picture archiving and communication systems (CPACS) and cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) provide considerable benefits to health systems when successfully implemented.
Comparing CPACS vs. CVIS
CPACS, similar to radiology PACS, mainly focus on storage and retrieval of cardiology-centric images. However, one of the key differentiators with CPACS is its ability to support DICOM structure reporting (DICOM SR) for echocardiography (echo) measurements, which is not available through the conventional radiology PACS. In terms of dataflow, CPACS will receive an in-bound HL7 order with patient demographics from upstream information management systems, and once the images are acquired from the imaging modalities via DICOM modality work list (DMWL), they are profiled against the order and stored in CPACS for further distribution, viewing and long-term archive...