Complimentary March 17 Conference Features Six Cardiac Care Experts Who Have Integrated CVIS Into Their Departmental Structures.

Arlington Heights, IL (March 14, 2011) — The Unified CVIS: A Meaningful Way to Patient Care Virtual Conference, hosted by Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine, is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. McKesson, a San Francisco, Calif.-based provider of healthcare technology, is the conference sponsor.

The conference features six speakers from respected cardiac departments across the United States who have integrated Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) into their departments, achieving interoperability for a smooth flow of data between hardware, software and medical departments. The speakers will discuss how they wired their cardiac departments and overcame obstacles to improve quality of care, and gained efficiencies and cost savings.

The hour-long seminars begin at 11 a.m. The agenda includes: CPACS and CVIS — System Benefits and Requirements, presented by Dr. Alan S. Katz, vice president of medical informatics for Catholic Health Services in Long Island, N.Y.; Connectivity — The Keys to a Unified Patient Record, by Dr. James E. Tcheng, director of the Duke Transitional Medical Institute Biomedical Informatics Core, and professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C.; Cardiovascular Registries — Streamlining Submission by Integrating Systems, presented by Dr. William S. Weintraub, chair of cardiology and director of the Center for Outcomes Research at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del; Improving Patient Care by Clinical Decision Support and Optimizing Data Flow, by John Windle, M.D., professor and chief, internal medicine, division of cardiology, and director of biomedical informatics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb; Selecting the Best CVIS. How Can You Get There? by Andres Rubiano, systems director, cardiology and perioperative services, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, La; and NCDR Data Collection From a Staff Perspective — Tricks of the Trade, by Maureen Polensky, RN, BSN and cardiology database specialist at the Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Pa.

All cardiology staff members who are involved in the process of converting from paper to electronic records, or evaluating new solutions to replace older systems, are invited to attend. Registration is open through March 16, but attendees who register by March 9 are entered into a bonus drawing for a free iPad. By attending the virtual conference, registrants will be entered into a drawing for five iPads, five iPod Touches, five iPod Nanos and 10 iPod Shuffles, in addition to the bonus drawing for early registrants.

For more information on the Unified CVIS virtual conference, contact Harry Urban at Scranton Gillette Communications: