Heartlab installs Encompass at Tampa Bay Heart Institute
Heartlab Inc. has implemented its Encompass Cardiac Network at the Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital to manage cardiology images and information.
Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility located in St. Petersburg, Fla. Its Tampa Bay Heart Institute offers advanced cardiovascular procedures, such as open-heart surgery, angioplasty, atherectomy, and stents. Using four cardiac catheterization labs and four ultrasound machines, the hospital annually performs approximately 2,500 cardiac catheterizations and 2,000 echocardiograms.
Installed in July 2004, Heartlab's Encompass archives the images and data from the Tampa Bay Heart Institute's cath and echo labs in an integrated database that can be accessed from network-connected workstations located throughout the Heart Institute. Images and data that were stored in the facility's legacy archiving system prior to the Heartlab installation also will be migrated to the new system, Heartlab said.
With Encompass, the Tampa Bay Heart Institute will be replacing traditional report dictation in its cardiac cath and echo departments with Heartlab's digital reporting technology. The Heartlab system interfaces with the Heart Institute's existing hospital information system and hemodynamics lab, and is fully integrated with the hospital and heart institute's radiology PACS, providing clinicians with single-station review of radiology and cardiology images.