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.
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.”