Cardiology Experience and Projects

MTC has successively guided healthcare systems through cardiology projects for Cardiac PACS and Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) for over 30 years.

Each project deliverables include:

  • Documented workflow with opportunities highlighted
  • Complete business case
  • Technology assessment and recommendations of existing equipment
  • Proposal assessment documentation
  • Site visit documentation
  • Final decision document

Highlighted Cardiology Projects

MTC has consulted with multiple healthcare systems ranging in size from 1 to 6 hospitals and from 1 to 4 cardiology groups.

Cardiology PACS projects: MTC provided education on the options, needs assessments, workflow analysis, requirements generation (RFP), proposal analysis, and facilitated the selection and site visits. Each project included contract negotiation and implementation support, project management when required, and chairing steering committees.

CVIS projects: cover the whole gamut of cardiology services, including all imaging modalities, hemodynamic systems, ECG, rehab, and arrhythmia clinic. Entire workflow modeling, which included scheduling, procedure, reporting, billing, and medical records, was also involved.

MTC also developed business cases, including ROI analysis, and acted as project manager on CVIS projects.

Case Study

Strategic Plan for Health System Interventional Radiology and Cardiology

MTC was contacted by a client running two cardiovascular services at two locations approximately 5 miles apart. Both locations performed interventional catheterization procedures, electrophysiological procedures, and interventional radiology procedures.

Challenge: One issue was that both locations had outdated equipment needing replacement. There were also concerns with the need to support redundant services so close to one another.

Solution: MTC assessed imaging equipment for interventional Radiology and cardiology at two locations: the main hospital and a heart hospital—20 systems in total.

Interviews were conducted with fifteen personnel at each location: cardiologists, radiologists, clinical staff, and administration at both facilities.

Procedure volumes for all exams were pulled from both facilities for the current and prior two years.

Recommendations were developed for the use of existing equipment and plans for future imaging equipment purchases based on current and future use, technology assessment, and exam volumes to reduce redundancy and optimize utilization.

Past and current usage of the two facilities and the expectations of the staff for the future, as well as a plan for equipment utilization and replacement, was included in the plan.

Results: The heart center would be the primary site for coronary exams, and cardiologists would perform peripheral vascular exams. The heart center would also preform less complex EP Procedures, primarily implants.

The hospital would do the remaining cath lab studies, pediatric cath studies and the more complex EP studies such as ablations. PV exams would be preformed by radiologists and vascular surgeons at the hospital.

To resolve a poor layout of the interventional radiology rooms in the hospital, interventional radiology would be moved into rooms no longer used in the cath lab area. This could also allow more efficient use of the clinical staff.

Contact MTC for more details on the above case study or more information on the full range of MTC cardiology experience.