More Power from PowerScribe 360 with AccessPoint Integration
04.24.14

PowerScribe 360 with AccessPoint IntegrationDidn’t think AccessPoint by Freeland Systems could get any better? Well, with the addition of PowerScribe 360, it just did. The feature-rich PAC system designed for comprehensive reporting, imaging, and archiving also offers customizable add-ons so that you can tailor the software to your unique needs. This is where PowerScribe 360 comes in.

PowerScribe 360 is an advanced reporting program that creates diagnostic imaging interpretations at a faster turn-around rate and with a wide variety of exam types. This cutting edge add-on assimilates seamlessly into the existing workflow within your organization, providing for a win-win situation: higher-quality documentation in less time than ever before. PowerScribe 360 offers the best reading, reporting, dictation, and transcription services in the industry, with real-time speech recognition, dictation options, and superb report status management.

We can provide you with a simple and effective way to integrate your PAC system with PowerScribe 360, enabling you to auto-populate measurements from almost any machine. This added feature allows you to enjoy advanced reporting quality, a more efficient work environment, and improved care within a single solution platform.



Echo Parameters – Ventricular Dimensions
04.10.14

Echocardiograms are commonly performed to check for abnormal heart sounds, look at the heart valves, check the thickness and movement of the heart wall, measure the size and shape of the heart’s chambers, detect heart disease, and look for blood clots.

This imaging method has many other diagnostic applications as well. During an echocardiogram, a transducer sends high-pitched sound waves into the chest and picks up the echoes as they reflect off the heart. These echoes are sent to a video screen to be displayed in motion.

An echocardiogram collects an abundance of data, including the size and shape of the heart, the pumping capacity, and the location of any tissue damage. The Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) provides standards for echo measurements.

Ventricular Dimensions

One data set that an echocardiogram provides is ventricular dimensions. These measurements are often gathered in M-mode or 2D echocardiography and commonly include the following types:

  • IVSd and IVSs – Interventricular septal end diastole and end systole. The normal range is 0.6-1.1 cm.
  • LVIDd and LVIDs – Left ventricular internal diameter end diastole and end systole. The normal range for LVIDd is 3.5-5.6 cm, and the normal range for LVIDs is 2.0-4.0 cm.
  • LVPWd and LVPWs – Left ventricular posterior wall end diastole and end systole. The normal range is 0.6-1.1 cm.
  • RVDd – Right ventricular end diastole. The normal range is 0.7-2.3 cm.
  • Ao Root Diam – Aortic root diameter. The normal range is 2.0-4.0 cm.
  • LA Diameter – Left atrium diameter. The normal range is 2.0-4.0 cm.

The IVSd and IVPWd measurements are used to determine left ventricular hypertrophy, which is the thickening of the muscle of the left ventricle. LV hypertrophy is a marker for heart disease. In general, a measurement of 1.1-1.3 cm indicates mild hypertrophy, 1.4-1.6 cm indicates moderate hypertrophy, and 1.7 cm or more indicates severe hypertrophy.

PACS Reporting Benefits with AccessPoint

AccessPoint offers customizable templates that are based on accreditation-compliant metrics. The reporting tool can generate the custom forms and systematically log echo results such as the ventricular measurements listed above. This feature automatically provides comprehensive data in the preferred format so that the cardiologist can quickly and easily interpret the report.



April PACS News Digest
04.03.14

PACS technology is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed about the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of PACS systems. Here are some recent news articles on PACS systems, imaging, and industry regulations.

Variation in Use of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging

According to a recent article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, there is not a standard guideline that clinics and hospitals use to determine which testing strategies should be applied to patients with suspected ischemia. The study found that more frequent use of noninvasive cardio imaging was associated with higher admission rates and the higher use of subsequent invasive tests without evidence of a substantial benefit to treatment and short-term outcomes.

New Policy Statement on CV Imaging

A new health policy statement on the use of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The statement is based on an examination of the patterns and drivers of imaging use and the relationship between quality care, patient health outcomes, and medical costs.

Updated Recommendations on Cardiac Imaging Radiation Exposure

New recommendations on radiation exposure from cardiac imaging procedures call for more disclosure between providers and patients about the benefits and risks.

Reduced Dose Rates in Angiogram Platforms

Trends show that the use of radiation for medical imaging continues to increase. New research and technology aims to reduce dose rates for patients and staff. The development of real-time imaging reconstruction algorithms and technical improvements in equipment can reduce the dose without degrading image quality.

Basic Steps to Help Comply with HIPAA Regulations

Privacy compliance is an important issue for radiology groups right now. The Omnibus Rule provides over 500 pages of security related regulations and best practices. The main concern is not the images, but rather the reports and the diagnostic information therein. However, there are some basic steps that can help your practice be compliant, such as encrypting laptops, restricting access rights, and educating employees about the consequences of misusing patient data.

Workgroup Discussions on Patient-Generated Health Data

The Consumer Technology Workgroup provided an updated report to the Health IT Standards Committee on the HIPAA and HITECH legislation enacted to protect patient privacy in light of the growing use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The Workgroup looked to create clear standards for provider-requested and electronically-submitted patient responses.