Methodist Medical Center of Illinois selects Heartlab's Encompass for managing patient cardiology data

Westerly 24 September 2004Methodist Medical Center of Illinois has selected Heartlab's Encompass Cardiac Network for integrated cardiology image and information management in the newly-opened Methodist Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute, the first comprehensive centre for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart, lung and vascular disorders in Central Illinois.


"Heartlab and Methodist share the vision of a single, integrated image and information management system for cardiology", stated Dr. Igor Singer, executive medical director for the Institute. "A single solution for managing patient data is a critical part of providing patient-oriented care and will enable Methodist to increase the quality of patient care, improve patient outcomes, and enhance department work flow."

Methodist, a 330-bed tertiary care hospital and a leader in health care in Peoria, Illinois, annually performs approximately 3400 echocardiograms; 4800 non-invasive vascular procedures; and invasive cardiac and vascular catheterizations. Encompass will provide Methodist with an integrated database for patient data from three cardiac catheterization labs, five nuclear cardiology labs, three echocardiology labs, two vascular labs, one endovascular suite and two open heart suites enabling this data to be accessed from any workstation connected to the enterprise network.

"Encompass provides Methodist with the ability to store data from multiple vendors and modalities in a single integrated patient database", stated Jeanine Spain, director of Cardiac Service Line at Methodist. "It will allow our clinical staff to increase their efficiency by providing access to all types of patient cardiology information from the same workstation."

The Encompass system will eventually interface with Methodist's radiology picture archiving and imaging system (PACS), which will enable physicians to review radiology and cardiology images from the same workstation.

Methodist's Encompass installation will include:

  • Encompass DVD-R Archive: an easily expandable, standards-based archive that stores years of patient cardiology studies in a single location, allowing access to archived cases in approximately 30 seconds.
  • Encompass Review Stations: workstations that provide diagnostic-quality images, a robust set of quantitative measurement and analysis tools, and the ability to view images from more than one study at the same time.
  • Encompass Results Management: powerful reporting software that is fully integrated with the Encompass database, enabling clinical reporting, statistical analysis, outcomes research, management reporting, and presentations.
  • Encompass Web: a secure, Web-based telemedicine application that simplifies access for staff and referring physicians by providing access to patient data from any computer connected to the hospital network.

The Encompass deployment will be completed in multiple phases, beginning in October 2004 with the installation of non-invasive echocardiology, vascular, and open heart surgery, which will be completed by December 2004. Cardiac cath labs and inventory management will be completed by the end of 2005.

"Methodist's mission of providing outstanding patient services was exemplified by the opening of the Methodist Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute", stated Heartlab chief executive officer Robert Petrocelli. "Their selection of Encompass to enable enterprise-wide access to cardiology data builds on their vision of being the premier provider of cardiology services in Central Illinois."

Methodist Medical Center is a 346-bed facility with 600 board-certified physicians providing a full spectrum of health care services. Methodist physicians are backed by a dedicated team of health care professionals, including nurses, technologists, therapists, social workers, clinicians, and pastoral caregivers, who combine high-tech medicine with genuine warmth and caring.

Methodist was founded in 1900 with a simple goal: to raise the level of health care in Central Illinois. Today its commitment to world-class cardiovascular care includes the opening of the new Methodist Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, the development of cardiology fellowship programmes at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and a partnership with world-pioneer Arizona Heart Institute.

In addition to leading-edge offerings in heart care, Methodist features the most comprehensive behavioural health services in the area; state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including one of the world's most advanced PET scanners; and innovative health services for women. The hospital also established the area's first mobile mammography unit in central Illinois and is home to Peoria's largest dedicated emergency Chest Pain Center.

Heartlab is a designer and supplier of digital image and information networks for Cardiology. Heartlab develops application software and integrates systems using industry-standard computer hardware, including Heartlab's own StoreSafe DVD-R archiving and Oracle's database technology. Heartlab's Encompass network gives cardiologists rapid access to imaging exam and report information, enables cardiology centres to operate more efficiently, and provides robust protection for critical patient data.

Heartlab's Encompass networks are installed in more than 225 of the United States' leading heart centres. The company's CardioNow image management solution for clinical trials has been utilized by leading cardiovascular core labs and cardiovascular device and drug companies to expedite the sharing, tracking and analysis of complex cardiac images for over 25 multi-centre clinical trials including drug-eluting stent, bare metal stent, as well as distal protection device studies. More news about Heartlab is available in the VMW April 2004 article Heartlab's Encompass for cardiac image and information management selected by Trillium Health Centre and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

Leslie Versweyveld

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