Zion Market Research predicts $1.7B of global ultrasound market growth by 2021, creating the increased burden of “managing technology”, both clinically and administratively, for healthcare facilities, and more specifically, physicians in private practice. Core Sound Imaging’s cloud-based Studycast® software offers a solution to address these rapidly changing imaging needs.
CASE STUDY DETAILS
Client: Kentucky Cardiology
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
The Challenge: Kentucky Cardiology is owned by two physicians in Lexington, KY, accredited by IAC for quality patient care in echo, vascular, PET and nuclear cardiology. Both board certified physician-owners, Dr. Avi Eres and Dr. Mubashir Quazi, are committed to serving the community by providing a superior standard of cardiovascular care to their patients.
The practice had previously enlisted a cloud-PACS solution through a different vendor, and struggled for 3 months to complete the implementation. Once in place, the web-based system underperformed on promised workflow automation capabilities. Practice administrator, Stephanie Stephens, reported that the vendor’s technology system was not auto-populating measurement data for their ultrasound machines, a crucial need that required a manual stopgap. The team heard about Studycast®’s reliable automated workflow features from their accreditation consultant, and was eager to learn more.
Solution: After a thorough evaluation of the Studycast® software, Kentucky Cardiology made the decision to transition over to this new system for an improved, effective automated workflow solution.
Implementation Time: 19 days
The Results: The implementation required connection to the practice’s three Toshiba Aplio cardiac and vascular ultrasound systems, to record measurements from more than a dozen types of exams. Expectations were that, by their go live date, the following would be achieved:
- All exam measurements would auto-populate in the Studycast® SmartWorksheets™, and exam protocols would be reflected in each of the worksheet templates and final reports.
- Workflow automation would be optimized with Studycast®’s custom configuration options so that physicians received notification when exams were ready for interpretation.
- Comprehensive training would be provided for the practice’s 24 user employees.
- Clinical & administrative reporting would be streamlined with Studycast® accreditation, QA/QC and administrative reporting tools, enabling improved oversight of facility operations and clinical quality.
In less than 3 weeks, Kentucky Cardiology’s Studycast® system went live, all users at the facility received full training on the new cloud-PACS technology, workflow automation was configured, and all measurements were populating as expected. Practice management was very pleased with the successful integration of an image storage and reporting solution that not only delivered, but improved, quality of care.
Follow-Up: Now that Studycast® has been in place with Kentucky Cardiology since 2015, Dr. Eres’ expectations have been exceeded for the quality of the product, the level of support from Core Sound Imaging, as well as the improved service they are able to deliver to their patients. He adds, “Studycast® is phenomenal – the product, the service – everything.”