How Health Care IT Can Help Reduce Cardiovascular Disease
Deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) have decreased in the U.S. the last three decades, as a result of advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Despite this progress, CVD remains the country’s leading cause of morbidity and mortality and accounts for one in every six dollars spent on health care in the U.S.
The efficient combination of different types of data can help clinicians treat CVD patients more efficiently. The first step is the integration of the electronic health record (EHR) with a large portfolio of solutions to combine clinical and imaging data. Linking computerized images and diagnoses with clinical records enables a faster, lower cost and more consistent care model.
“Within the EHR, Cerner incorporates clinical data in a consolidated view for cardiologists to review and report on diagnostic and interventional procedures,” says Mark Winden, DeviceWorks director, cardiovascular, Cerner. “This integrated workflow enables the entire care team to have a comprehensive view of the patient’s medical record, which gives physicians the information they need to provide better care. In addition, development of big data concepts, such as the population health HealtheIntent cloud platform and other disease specific registries, also contribute to more informed care.”
Providing proactive care engagement with high risk CVD patients is crucial to reducing mortality rates. Cerner has partnered with ASCEND HIT to develop an app using SMART on FHIR technology that provides clinical decision support for cardiovascular care. The ASCEND Cardiovascular Decision Support app provides physicians with pertinent, actionable information and treatment recommendations for cardiovascular patients based on relevant patient data. The app collects purposeful data from the patient's chart and uses it to evaluate a set of cardiovascular treatment guidelines to deliver actionable results and recommendations to the physician.
Because post-acute care is also important for CVD patients, Cerner Healthe Programs provide overview and assessment to help facilitate interventions before acute care is required. Integrating multiple sources of data, including financial, clinical, imaging and quality information, into one database enables better care across the population. These patterns will lead to innovative methods of identifying risk and caring for patients.
Cerner will showcase its cardiology workflows and solutions, including ASCEND’s new Cardiovascular Decision Support SMART on FHIR app, in Booth 20066 at the 2016 American College of Cardiology (ACC) 65th Annual Scientific Session and Expo, April 2-5, in Chicago.