Skyscape, ACC to launch mobile software tool for cardiac medical imaging

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Skyscape, a service for medical information on mobile devices, has launched a new mobile software tool that helps clinicians assess the appropriateness of ordering-specific imaging diagnostics (SPECT MPI) for patients, who have or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) jointly have developed the appropriateness criteria by blending evidence-based information and clinical experience, to enable a more efficient and equitable allocation of healthcare resources.

Skyscape’s mobile implementation on PDAs and Smart phones allows clinicians to receive an indication as to whether a particular patient would benefit from diagnostic tests and procedures, using inputs based on clinical presentation and patient characteristics, according to the Marlborough, Mass.-based company.

“We hope that this will provide the practicing cardiologist with the kind of assistance needed to assess test utilization. The collaboration between the ACC and Skyscape is a partnership that will ultimately serve the best interests of our patients. We are pleased with efforts like this, as these are certain to facilitate the clinical implementation of the appropriateness criteria,” according to Robert C. Hendel, MD, FACC, FASNC, a member of the Appropriateness Criteria Working Group.