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Improve clinical efficiency with cardiovascular structured reporting

May 18, 2021
Health IT
Structured reports enable more automated data entry from an organization’s electronic health record (EHR) and modalities, and standardize clinical workflows. They also enable the fast identification of missing data and out-of-spec results. Using analytics, organizations can harness structured data to monitor image-management attributes, such as storage occupancy status. Benchmarked results can help organizations implement best practices to ensure continuous improvements in clinical outcomes.

- Automate registry and accreditation submissions
Submitting data to various cardiovascular registries and accreditation bodies can be time-consuming. Structured reporting lets organizations automatically gather all required data from the outset. Organizations can save weeks of manual work each year by simply mandating the collection of required data items during the reporting process and automating submissions.

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Achieve organizational buy-in
To launch the transition to cardiovascular structured reporting, a cardiology department will first need to achieve organizational buy-in from three main groups: executive leadership, IT, and clinical users. With executive leadership, the cardiology department should highlight how the flow of structured data will help improve reimbursement accuracy, streamline staffing, and inform robust analytics for operational efficiencies.

Any new cardiovascular solution must meet an organization’s IT requirements for standardization, continuity of care, and supportability over time. A chosen structured reporting solution must be part of a unified Enterprise Imaging platform and compatible with an organization’s VNA, reference viewer, and other systems. To achieve buy-in with IT, look for a product roadmap that indicates future enhancements to help simplify complex infrastructure and reduce total cost of ownership, such as cloud architecture.

Of course, buy-in from clinical users is crucial to the solution selection and adoption process. Cardiologists want straightforward, structured reporting that supports their workflow and provides remote access and image linking. Receiving the cardiologists’ buy-in lets you invest the appropriate time in customizing structured reports instead of relying on dictation. This is more challenging on the invasive side, and strong integration with an organization’s Hemo system is key. For technologists, the structured reporting solution should be able to automatically receive all the available data—from measurements to demographics—to reduce errors and minimize their review and prep time.

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