ScImage previews clinical information management module
At the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., ScImage, an imaging and information management company, previewed its PicomCIM, a clinical information management module to be unveiled at the upcoming 2008 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Chicago in early April.

The module provides the ability to capture data from multiple points of care into a single repository and enables users to mine exam reports and procedural data for reporting purposes, the company said.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based company unveiled PicomCIM which “is designed to capture discreet information from various procedures from around the hospital, and the information can be stored in a database that can be mined for either clinical efficiencies, business workflow efficiencies, staff flow efficiencies and management reporting,” Christian J. Carr, ScImage’s marketing manager, told Health Imaging News

The new module expands on the traditional notion of a cardiovascular information system by enabling all imaging intensive departments throughout the facility to collect procedure data for future analysis.

With the module, hospitals can “now extrapolate individual items of information that can be queried from an SQL database, and put into a report, based on any measurement standpoint,” Carr said.

With the tools, administrators and clinicians can now measure how many procedures per week or per month they are doing, types of procedures, how that relates to their reimbursements and how those factors relate to staff. Any of these questions can be accessed through a simply-designed query, Carr explained.    

Data from echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, vascular, nuclear medicine, cardiac CT and various other modalities within radiology can be gathered and stored within PicomCIM.

Utilization and efficiency reports and even longitudinal reporting for patient tracking or procedural outcomes can be created using the PicomCIM database.