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Studycast case studies highlight why our clients chose Studycast, how they are improving their workflow and what other benefits they have achieved for their facility and even how they have impacted customer care. You can view all of our cast studies below or schedule a demo to discuss your specific needs HERE.

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The ultrasound market is predicted to grow $1.7B by 2021. Zion market research predicts that global demand will grow from %5.2 billion to $6.9 billion by 2021. Yet physicians in private practice feel the burden of ‘managing technology’.

“Complexity is impacting practices both clinically and administratively,” says Deborah Walker Keegan, a healthcare consultant.

 

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Solution: Studycast for clinical environment

Client: Kentucky Cardiology

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Problem: Chose a web-based solution but they did not deliver on promised capabilities.

Implementation Time: 19 days

Results: Image storage and reporting solution that not only delivered but improved quality of care.

 

The Challenge: This two physician practice with six locations in Lexington, KY, is accredited by IAC for echo, vascular, PET and nuclear cardiology. Both physicians are board certified and are committed to serving the community by providing a superior standard of cardiovascular care to their patients.

They signed up for a cloud-PACS solution and struggled for 3 months to complete their implementation with the vendor. Dr. Avi Eres, Dr. Mubashir Quazi, and practice administrator Stephanie Stephens felt that what was promised could not be delivered. Their measurement data for their vascular ultrasound machines was not populating. One of the reasons they made the investment in this new technology solution was to automate their workflow. The practice felt they had received “empty promises” from this vendor. Dr. Avi Eres and Dr. Mubashir Quazi and practice administrator Stephanie Stephens heard about Studycast from their accreditation consultant. They were looking for more.

 

The Results: After a thorough evaluation of Studycast, Kentucky Cardiology made the decision to transition to Studycast. On October 9, Kentucky Cardiology made the decision to move forward with Studycast.

The practice had three Toshiba Aplio systems for their cardiac and vascular ultrasound. The practice had 4 sonographers, two interpreting physicians, and two administrative users, including their clinical supervisor who needed to be trained. Additionally, they performed more than a dozen different types of ultrasound exams. Expectations were that by their go live date, measurements for all exams would populate in the Studycast SmartWorksheets and their exam protocols would be reflected in each of the worksheet templates and final reports. Studycast accreditation reports along with QA/QC and administrative reporting would need to be setup so the practice maximize their oversight of facility operations and clinical quality.

Additionally, workflow should be optimized with Studycast custom configuration options so that physicians were notified when exams were ready for interpretation and as much of the workflow as possible was automated.

On October 25, Kentucky Cardiology’s Studycast implementation was complete and they were live with their new cloud-PACS solution. As part of the implementation process, a meeting was held with practice management to ensure that they were satisfied with implementation. Management was very pleased that all 24 users at the facility had been trained and understood how to use Studycast. All measurements were populating as expected and workflow automation was configured.

Kentucky Cardiology has been utilizing Studycast for about a year. Dr. Eres has shared that not only did the level of support and quality of the product exceed his expectations but that Studycast has actually assisted the practice in improving the quality of the service they are delivering to patients. The quality echo report, for example, “has allow us to report on LA Volume index and is providing a tool for educating our sonographers on grading mitral regurgitation with Carpentier’s class. Studycast is phenomenal – the product, the service – everything.”

The ultrasound market is predicted to grow $1.7B by 2021. Zion market research predicts that global demand will grow from %5.2 billion to $6.9 billion by 2021. Yet physicians in private practice feel the burden of ‘managing technology’.

“The introduction of an [electronic record] into a busy labor and delivery setting did not reduce time spent in direct patient care activities; instead, direct patient care activities increased.” – concludes research published in Advances in Patient Safety

 

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Solution: Studycast for clinical environment

Client: Women’s Comprehensive Healthcare of New Jersey

Location: West Long Branch, NJ

Problem: Eliminate paper when documenting ultrasound exams without slowing down the pace of this busy office and route results of ultrasound exams into athena Clinicals while maintaining comprehensive, high quality reporting.

Implementation Time: 20 days

Results: Image storage and reporting solution that not only delivered but improved quality of care.

 

The Challenge: This very busy OB/Gyn practice with five physicians, three midwives and nurse practitioners wanted to maintain their highly efficient practice that operates in three locations. With over 25 years of experience they had a reputation for exceptional care. They needed to automate their processes and had recently implemented athena Clinicals at their practice. They wanted a comprehensive reporting solution for obstetrics and gynecology. Fast and professional reports needed to be created quickly. The providers wanted the ability to share images and preliminary reports with their patients in the exam room immediately following the ultrasound exam. They also needed the ability to approve the reports and view the results of their ultrasound exams directly in the patient’s chart in athena Clinicals.

 

The Results: A complete implementation, including training of all practitioners and administrative users and the interface to athena Clinicals, was achieved in under 3 weeks.

The practice was able to maintain the quick processing of images and the creation of a preliminary report that they were used to with their old paper method while optimizing workflow in many areas.

Administrative reports that provide a breakdown of exams by physicians, approve time, location and referring physicians provide oversight for the facility. One of the physicians has been able to approve exams from multiple states.

The obstetric reports provide their patients with a quality report that includes growth charts and study images. Additionally, the practice can share the images with the patients electronically so the patients can share their ultrasound images with friends and family from their smart phone or computer.

The practice achieved a streamlined solution that allows results to be available from Studycast within the patient’s chart in the EMR. Consistency in reporting and staff satisfaction are among some of the biggest benefits of the Studycast implementation.

This practice has been using Studycast for more than three years. “Studycast is one of the easiest implementations of a technology solution we have ever experienced. They Studycast team continues to exceed our expectations with their excellent attitude and responsiveness.”, Dr. Dominick LoBraico, DO FACOG.

The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts an 18 percent increase in jobs in this field by 2018, versus the 7-10 percent average for all U.S. occupations.

“Technology today affects every single aspect of modern society. But nowhere is this immense impact more apparent than in the field of medicine and healthcare.” – Bianca Banova, AIMS

 

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Solution: Studycast Educational Program for ultrasound program

Client: Oregon Institute of Technology

Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Problem: Oregon Institute of Technology could not identify a PACS solution that adequately met the needs of the vascular and cardiac ultrasound programs. Large investment costs required by on premise solutions and limited budgets meant the ultrasound programs at OIT had a resource problem. Ultrasound machines had to be used by students performing the exams, students reviewing their work and teachers grading their work.

Implementation time: 8 days

Results: Professors were able to log in and review work from home. Students reviewing their images could do so from their devices (Windows PC, Mac, iPad or tablet). Students increased their understanding of a clinical environment by working with a current technology solution for reviewing images and creating preliminary reports.

 

The Challenge: Finding a PACS solution that would fit the ultrasound program’s budget. A large investment in an on premise PACS solution would require a lengthy budget approval. Additionally, the ultrasound program had a lot of different ultrasound machines. Often an on premise solution was vendor specific and would not work with all equipment.

Additionally, there were other limitations. If OIT purchased multiple licenses so that several instructors and multiple students could review student images at the same time, this would mean additional cost. If they purchased only one license for the on premise viewing station, they would provide the students with exposure to a PACS but would do very little to resolve the current ‘bottle neck’.

 

The Results: Studycast was implemented at OIT and is in its third year. It is both fiscally and functionally successful. The variety of equipment used in the vascular and cardiac ultrasound programs were able to successfully transmit exams to Studycast. Ultrasound machines are used for acquiring exams. All other work that has to be done by students and faculty can be completed on Studycast.

The ultrasound program benefits from unlimited access by students and faculty. Students can review the images they have acquired on Studycast. Assignments are submitted by students and the time of submission is logged for instructors. Instructors can review student assignments from the convenience of their home, or while sitting at their favorite coffee shop. When the faculty finish reviewing assignments, their reviews are sent to the students via email or available for review online.

As Barry Canaday, Associate Professor and Echocardiography Program Director at OIT shared, “I can review student assignments at home. No need to drive back into the school in the evening to grade assignments.”

Additionally, Studycast allows the faculty to save cases for teaching purposes. The staff agree that Studycast has improved both the quality of education they are able to offer and made it easier for students and faculty to complete their work.

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