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January 19, 2015 — The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) has announced the launch of the first cardiovascular nuclear imaging data registry, ImageGuide. ASNC has chosen FigMD to partner in this endeavor.
The ImageGuide Registry has been designed to assist nuclear cardiology laboratories and interpreting physicians to ensure and improve the quality of nuclear cardiac studies. It is the first registry that has been developed for non-invasive cardiac imaging. Goals of ImageGuide include improving laboratory efficiency, optimizing patient radiation exposure, downstream cost minimization and improving patient care.
By participating in the ImageGuide Registry, ASNC anticipates that laboratories will be able to satisfy Medicare regulatory requirements and those of other third party payers, thereby maximizing reimbursement. The registry will enable users to demonstrate adherence to appropriate use criteria, an increasingly important mandate of healthcare policy. The registry will help participants measure, benchmark and improve cardiovascular imaging, drive quality improvement at the provider and laboratory level and assist in the dissemination of best practices.
Peter L. Tilkemeier, M.D., chair of the Registry Oversight Committee comments: “ImageGuide comprehensively addresses the entire imaging process from indications and appropriateness, type of study performed and radiation dosimetry, reporting results and compliance with major quality indicators. Release of the registry for clinical use is a sentinel moment in the history of non-invasive cardiac imaging and has been successful only through the collective efforts of many involved in the field of cardiac imaging and registries.”
The data that the registry collects are fully compliant with existing standards and the mechanisms for data collection have been simplified to allow widespread participation and submission of data. This comprehensive approach will allow those participating and the field to best assess where the field is today and guide the field moving into the future. It has also been developed in a way to allow participation by other imaging modalities with minimal development.
The ImageGuide is a free benefit for ASNC members through 2015.
For more information: www.asnc.org