In this most recent report regarding cardiovascular information system (CVIS) perception, KLAS set out to answer questions prevalent in both the vendor and provider arenas. What constitutes a complete, integrated CVIS? What are the essential CVIS components? Which vendors are closest to developing a truly integrated CVIS? How close are they? What strategies are hospitals employing to piece together a CVIS?
Just over half of the respondents indicated that they do not yet have a CVIS strategy. Many providers feel that a complete CVIS solution does not presently exist. Dr. Scott Adelman, Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente, believes that “an integrated cardiology solution is really in its infancy.” He further states, “I think the vendors have made great strides, but I think the whole idea of what is a cardiovascular information system still remains a little elusive.”
Research respondents shared their struggles in attempting to harmonize the fragmented cardiology IT environment in spite of the staggering number of critical interfaces. Some organizations hope that a single vendor will eventually help them reach the goal of a workable CVIS, while others choose to piece together products from multiple vendors as their solution. From a data continuum perspective, cardiology is an incredibly difficult environment to unify.
At the onset of this CVIS Perception Study, KLAS did not have a defined list of vendors that would be included in the report. Instead, discussions with providers for this research generated the list of vendors included in the study. As respondents described their concept of what an integrated, complete CVIS should be, they also indicated which vendors they felt were closest to developing such a system.
The nine vendors mentioned most often during data collection were Agfa, Emageon, GE, Lumedx, McKesson, Philips, ProSolv (FUJIFILM), ScImage and Siemens.
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