In the past, diagnostic information was kept in silos, as the patient data that clinicians need to perform their job comes from multiple sources—the Cath lab, x-rays or CT scans. So collecting the data points meant going to many different locations or applications to get all of the information in one place to make a decision. It was time consuming and prevented the ability to make fast clinical decisions.
Philips Azurion image guided therapy platform has allowed the Institute to increase the speed of workflows and provided improved clinical decision support. Now providers can see all the data from other sources in one place at one time—right in the procedure room. Interventional radiologists and physicians can easily consult and confidently perform procedures, while optimizing lab performance and providing superior care to their patients.
“To be competitive, we have to understand what is behind what we do,” Dr. Katzen says. ”We can collect data from virtually all aspects of the procedure, potentially reducing time, making the clinical procedure more efficient and allowing physicians to accomplish his task more efficiently.
“I think we’re only beginning to explore how that can help us with workflow and understanding how the various components of the procedure can be changed by studying the data that’s coming out of the equipment,” Dr. Katzen says. “But in addition, the ability to be able to manipulate some of that real-time data, whether it’s intravascular or ultrasound or physiologic data, or the imaging data, is also a great advancement”
In many ways, when the Institute began its operations back in 1987, it had already pitched its vision well into the future.
“It’s not about the present. If you make decisions based only on the present you’ll never be prepared for the future,” Dr. Katzen says.