Posts in Category: best practices

Reduce CT vent time to cut costs, increase care quality 

Prolonged post-operative ventilation times drive costs higher and have an adverse effect on patient outcomes. But even with improvements in technology and care pathways, variation in vent times still plagues service line leaders.

Though numerous studies have demonstrated that early extubation within six to eight hours of cardiothoracic surgery can be a safe way of eliminating unnecessary costs and even improving quality, this opportunity is often missed, according to a report in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery (ATS). 

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 07/11/2019 Categories: best practices quality

Meeting the Triple Aim by switching from femoral to radial access  

Although 90-95 percent of cardiac catheterizations in the U.S. are performed through the femoral artery, radial access has been found to be a safer, faster, more comfortable, and more cost-efficient approach.

Here are some of the reasons why providers should consider switching to radial access in their quest for the Triple Aim—better patient satisfaction, improved care and lower costs.

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 06/13/2019 Categories: ACC American College of Cardiology analytics best practices CAD cath lab NCDR PCI radial access

How near-real time and even retrospective analytics can improve performance  

Retrospective clinical data is essential in the quest to improve outcomes and contain costs, but even more valuable is integrated, near real-time data analytics that illustrate how you compare to other cardiac care centers nationally.

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Data accessibility viewed as key to closing the gap between value-based care and health IT 

​Although much progress has been achieved in digitizing the healthcare system, today's health IT infrastructure still struggles to support a transition to "value-based care," according to a new report from the American Medical Informatics Association.

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