The Interventional Suite Of The Future
The cardiac interventional suite has historically been a setting where high-tech, cutting-edge tools are welcomed. But with hospitals scrutinizing expenditures more closely than ever before, such tools must now prove themselves. Hospitals looking to build new interventional suites, or modernize old ones, are placing a premium on technologies that can improve safety, efficiency, and flexibility while streamlining workflow. A handful of companies are now offering products designed to meet these needs, and providers are starting to take notice.
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The fast-paced world of medicine is in the midst of a staggering shift in information technology practices. More than 10,000 mobile health applications are already available and about 72% of physicians are using a smartphone. The key areas of interest center around imaging, monitoring, and reference, all of which require highly detailed and interactive software solutions.
In the near future, patients who are brought into the hospital in need of a coronary bypass procedure could be wheeled into a hybrid operating room that holds both the operating room and the cardiac catheterization lab. This combination will allow physicians to treat many high risk heart patients in a less invasive manner.