CV Source offers cardiac surgeons access to clinical outcomes and online communication with peers

San Antonio 25 January 1999 At the annual meeting of the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, the Bethesda-based health information systems company, iMedix, launched an innovative solution to automate the collection, comparison and analysis of cardiovascular clinical outcomes. CV Source indeed delivers real time and accurate data for cardiac patient care on any Internet-enabled PC. Today, cardiac surgeons, programme managers and administrators can subscribe to the CV Source service and obtain instant access as well to the online cardiac care community to share knowledge and experience in focused discussion groups.

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At the annual meeting of the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, the Bethesda-based health information systems company, iMedix, launched an innovative solution to automate the collection, comparison and analysis of cardiovascular clinical outcomes. CV Source indeed delivers real time and accurate data for cardiac patient care on any Internet-enabled PC. Today, cardiac surgeons, programme managers and administrators can subscribe to the CV Source service and obtain instant access as well to the online cardiac care community to share knowledge and experience in focused discussion groups.

Via the Web, physicians are able to enter a secure database for the collection of clinical outcomes data. CV Source allows to compare the outcomes performance, which even extends to items, such as mortality and cost-effectiveness. Imagine a cardiac surgeon, receiving an emergency call at home in the middle of the night for a patient in distress. A simple click on the PC-button provides the medical expert with the most recent update of the patient's outcomes information in real time, enabling the surgeon to give immediate feedback to his colleague on the phone.

CV Source equally leverages the online community features offered by the Internet. Through its services, iMedix has generated a special cardiac care community on the Internet, which mainly hosts manufacturers, surgeons, hospitals, and related professional groups to exchange their findings on the gathering of clinical research, to discuss the application of treatment plans, to talk to peers, as well as to access educational programmes for optimizing patient care. The iMedix solution is quite unique in that it ideally combines Internet-based engineering expertise with a deep understanding of specific cardiac and clinical knowledge.

Physicians can apply the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) data formats for immediate input on the iMedix secure Internet site. In this way, vital patient information becomes accessible 24-hours a day on a real time basis. Paper forms are definitely over and done with and delayed data entries once and for all become fully out of the question. CV Source also offers a whole range of additional services, such as the smooth automation of transcription, op notes, discharge summaries and physician referral letters. As a result, the physician benefits from major improvements in the four areas of accuracy, turnaround time, labour efforts and costs.

Since the CV Source solution is entirely Web-based, the application doesn't involve any supplementary hardware, software, nor regular maintenance. As such, the technology becomes affordable for hospitals which are able to save more than hundreds of thousands of dollars in Information Technology cost in the long run. CV Source allows health care facilities to warehouse their clinical outcomes information in a Web-centric database instead of storing the data in a mainframe or client server environment.

Full protection can be guaranteed through the implementation of advanced security technologies. In this regard, iMedix has been able to select specific solutions, such as multiple user security levels encrypted data transmission and the ability to monitor users with extensive auditing tools. CV Source thus enables cardiac surgeons to access patient data anywhere and anytime in order to decide in the best informed way on the most adequate approach for specific treatment of a patient in need.


Leslie Versweyveld

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