Tracking Performance Measures

In our new May 2014 issue of EP Lab Digest®, Dr. Monica Lo from Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, presents ten questions regarding the role of performance measures for allied health professionals to improve the quality of healthcare. She writes that with a concrete way to measure performance, clinical outcomes can be assessed and improved upon. In the article she discusses the lack of performance measures in electrophysiology and the measures that can be taken; she also provides advice on how allied professionals can apply potential measures and affect care.

On a similar note, Dr. Jeffrey L. Williams, a frequent contributor to EP Lab Digest® from The Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, recently posted a blog on “Lessons Learned from Clinical Cardiology Performance Metrics.” Their single specialty practice and community hospital have been tracking performance measures for over three years. He shares several their lessons learned over the years, including 1) Only assessing metrics that can be directly controlled and on their patients; 2) Encouraging additional resources to track metrics; 3) The importance of verifying data; and 4) Remembering that although it’s impossible to produce an error-free measure of quality of care, every effort should be made to use state-of-the-art measures. We hope you’ll check out his informative blog!

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Can’t-Miss Interviews!

Our special May 2014 issue of EP Lab Digest® includes several featured interviews with KOLs in the industry. Don’t miss our interview with Dr. Vivek Reddy, Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Hospital, who discusses his use of the CIRCA S-CATH™ for helping to avoid esophageal injury during ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Because of its unique design, he believes the S-CATH is able to give him a better spread of what is going on and allows him to safely do AF ablation in an efficient manner.

In another exclusive interview we learn more about the multicenter CONVERGE IDE Clinical Trial, nContact’s randomized IDE Study for the treatment of persistent AF through a multidisciplinary closed-chest approach. In the interview we speak with physicians from the first two sites to enroll patients in the CONVERGE Study: John R. Onufer, MD of Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, Levinson Heart Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and Graham Bundy, MD of Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, Levinson Heart Hospital in Richmond; and David R. Tschopp, MD of Austin Heart in Austin, Texas, and Faraz Kerendi, MD of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in Austin.

Finally, we speak with Dr. Saumya Sharma from Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, about his tips for successful lead extraction. He performs lead extractions in the CV OR and hybrid suites using almost exclusively Cook Medical’s Evolution device.