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June 12, 2014
ASNC SmartBrief Special Report
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ASNC SmartBrief Special Report:
Connecting with patients
ASNC has long focused a spotlight on patient-centered care, and although operational models in the imaging community sometimes pose challenges for clinicians who want to connect, practices continue to explore new ways of reaching patients to educate and engage them. Scroll down for ASNC SmartBrief's second special report on patient-centered care in cardiology, including personalized approaches to medicine and strategies you can put into practice right away to connect with patients, as well as a snapshot of your colleagues' views from our reader poll.
Patient-Centered Diagnosis and Treatment 
  • Incidental findings from chest CTs help ID at-risk patients
    Incidental findings in chest CT scans can give health care providers insight into patients' cardiovascular risk profiles, according to research reported in the journal Radiology. Dutch researchers developed and validated a risk model based on data from a retrospective study of 23,443 patients who had chest CT scans between 2002 and 2005, and they looked at death and discharge registries to track outcomes. Significant predictors of risk were patient age and sex; CT indication; calcifications in the left anterior descending coronary artery, mitral valve or descending aorta; and cardiac diameter. (5/27) , (5/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3D simulation lets clinicians "walk" through virtual heart
    Paris-based Dassault Systemes developed the world's first full three-dimensional simulated heart that allows clinicians to explore the organ's inner workings. The model is personalized, created from a compilation of MRI, CT and echocardiogram data. "You can do things you can't do with a real heart," said Dassault's Steven Levine. "You can get a much greater understanding of the actual mechanics." CBS News (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telemedicine gives patients what they need, wherever they are
    Telemedicine has the potential to bring patients in rural areas the high-quality, specialized care associated with urban medical centers, writes pediatric and adult echocardiographer Doug Wuebben, whose work in rural South Dakota has shown him the benefits firsthand. Wuebben worked with an off-site pediatric cardiologist, who was able to view images in real time and quickly make clinical decisions. Telemedicine is disruptive and may be threatening to some in health care, but providers should "embrace change as a tool for growth and better service to the patient," Wuebben writes. (free registration) (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Engaging Patients 
  • Patient engagement 101
    Imaging specialists need a presence on social media, and clinicians should view social sites as a way of truly connecting, says Dr. Safwan Halabi of Henry Ford Health System. "If you're going to reach out to patients, you're not going to differentiate yourself from hospital X across the street by how many machines you have or how many accumulated years of radiologist experience you have. You're going to have to show something else," Halabi said at a Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine meeting. Halabi shared 10 strategies for improving patient-centered care, including his advice for developing a robust social media presence. (free registration) (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consultation clinic engages patients
    Research from Massachusetts General Hospital suggests there are opportunities for imaging specialists to help patients understand findings while raising the profile of an often under-the-radar specialty. The program, discussed at a Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine meeting, involves brief consultations with radiologists in tandem with a primary care or specialist visit. In many cases, patients did not know before the consultation what a radiologist does, and many said they liked consulting with a radiologist and felt that seeing images helped them understand their condition, said Dr. Garry Choy, who presented the report. (free registration) (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's time for a new way of hearing from patients, expert argues
    Patient experience, engagement and communication are important but difficult-to-measure aspects of developing truly patient-centered care, says Patrick Ryan of Press Ganey. He argues that organizations need a customized approach to obtaining patient feedback, including qualitative information, even in a quantitative, data-driven era. EHR Intelligence (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Clinical Perspectives 
  • Which is your preferred approach for educating patients about nuclear cardiology procedures?
    Verbal explanation  78.26%
    Written materials  21.74%
  • Do you feel like patients retain the necessary information from your efforts to prepare them for procedures?
    Most of the time  55.00%
    Sometimes  40.00%
    Not usually  5.00%
  • Do you proactively broach the topic of radiation in imaging with patients?
    Somewhat rarely  47.06%
    Frequently  23.53%
    Somewhat frequently  23.53%
    Rarely  5.88%
  • How often do patients ask about radiation risks?
    Somewhat rarely  42.11%
    Rarely  31.58%
    Somewhat frequently  21.05%
    Frequently  5.26%
Spotlight on ASNC 
  • Excellence in Imaging
    ASNC's Excellence in Imaging is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in nuclear cardiology and clarifying the role of medical imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. ASNC invites all imaging professionals to "take the pledge" and commit to upholding a patient-centered approach to cardiovascular care. Together, we can continue to improve imaging care and ensure patients have access to the tests they need. View the 2014 project update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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