Making Progress in Social Media and Medicine: Engagement at ACC.16

Campbell headshotThis post was authored by Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC, assistant professor of medicine, University of North Carolina, division of cardiology, and a presenter at ACC.16.

I was amazed by the uptick in Social media engagement at ACC.16. While 75 percent of all fortune 500 companies are represented and active on twitter, doctors have been quite slow to enter into the social media space. Many of us have who have pioneered social media in medicine have often felt like Dr. Sisyphus as we push the “Social Boulder” up the hill in order to show our colleagues the value of digital engagement. However, it appears that finally the tide is turning.

From the very outset of the meeting the hashtag #ACC16 began trending. Just in time for the annual sessions, the ACC recently created and published a Cardiology Hashtag Ontology reference guide in order to bring together the broad topics within cardiovascular disease so that common subjects of discussion can be easily identified, searched and catalogued. Continue reading

#Cardiology Ontology: Using Hashtags to Improve #CVD Care

This post was authored by R. Jay Widmer, MD, PhD (@DrArgyle);  Carolyn M. Larsen, MD (@carolynmarieMN); Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC (@HeartBobH); T. Jared Bunch, MD (@TJaredBunch); John P. Erwin, III, MD, FACC (@HeartOTXHeartMD); John M. Mandrola, MD, FACC (@drjohnm); and Farris K. Timimi, MD, FACC (@FarrisTimimi), members of the Cardiovascular Symplur Ontology Project.

Following in the footsteps of several other specialties, cardiology now has a hashtag ontology page dedicated to facilitating social media use for providers and the wider health care community. The aim of the cardiology ontology page is to assemble and disseminate hashtags pertinent to cardiovascular diseases. This enables health care professionals, patients and family members to organize discussions surrounding cardiovascular medicine in an effort to keep the interest of the patient foremost.

We often hear, “Oh it’s so vast and overwhelming, there’s no way I could be on Twitter” when approaching colleagues about a recent fruitful encounter on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. Although cardiology only occupies a small fraction of the over 300 million viewers and billions of tweets generated daily on Twitter, the potential value cardiovascular disease providers can garner and large impact they can have on public health is beyond immense. However, just like any medication or therapy we suggest or prescribe to our patients, social media must be palatable and easily navigated in order to have broad uptake. One means by which this can be accomplished is by codifying a set of terms common in cardiology, and much like our colleagues in oncology, radiation oncology, and recently urology, providing a cardiovascular ontology around which patients and providers can easily identify specific entities within the world of cardiology. Continue reading

Health IT Innovation Showcased at HIMSS16

Photo for Publication or Presentation Purposes 2015This post was authored by Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, a presenter at HIMSS16.

Just weeks after the ACC was in Las Vegas for the 2016 Cardiovascular Summit, thousands of health information technology (IT) experts came together in the same city for the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference (HIMSS16). The conference focused on how technology is being used to improve health and was a stage for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies to announce policies that will shape the future of health IT.

At HIMSS16, the ACC took part in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, an area dedicated to innovations in interoperability. The ACC has been a longtime advocate for interoperability, which describes how effectively clinical data can move between different participants, both human and technological, in the care delivery chain. The College was able to highlight its work in this space – from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise efforts to using NCDR registries to enable interoperability – during presentations by ACC members and staff in the Interoperability Showcase. Continue reading

Make Your EHR Work For You

Photo for Publication or Presentation Purposes 2015This post was authored by Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, presenter at the 2016 Cardiovascular Summit.

We all know that electronic health record (EHR)/electronic medical record (EMR) systems are ubiquitous, largely because of the federal EHR Incentive Program and efforts to be compliant with requirements defined by Meaningful Use. While EHRs/EMRs offer improved access to patient data, improved opportunities to deliver better preventative health care and more robust methods to record charges, innumerable challenges have come about with their implementation. Continue reading

Find Your Heart a Home

DEHMER_BOT_2010This post was authored by Gregory J. Dehmer, MD, MACC, chair of the NCDR Public Reporting Advisory Group.

In this era of health care transparency, patients and their families want access to credible information about quality of care to help them make informed decisions. Recognizing this trend, the ACC spent several years developing a program to bring important information about the quality of care provided at NCDR hospitals to the public. In addition to empowering patients to take an active role in their care decisions, ACC’s public reporting program, which U.S. News and World Report called an “initial step towards transformational transparency,” incentivizes clinicians and health care organizations to improve quality of care. Continue reading

ACC.16: Disrupt Your Thinking and Ignite Innovation

POPPAS_BOT_2010This post was authored by Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session.

ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session will feature sessions and lectures designed to disrupt your thinking and ignite innovation. Members of the cardiovascular care team from around the world will join together at this intersection of science and change in Chicago, IL from April 2 – 4.

The program committee – comprised of some of the best and brightest in their respective fields – is committed to providing the most valuable and up-to-date content at ACC.16. Once again, the meeting will feature “more learning, less lecturing” in order to give attendees as much practical training, education and networking as possible in our dynamic three-day format. We know you’ll want to get back to your patients and everyday lives quickly – refreshed and ready to apply what you’ve learned in Chicago. Continue reading

The Stethoscope Lives

Williams HeadshotThis post was authored by Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, president of the ACC.

A recently published Washington Post article, “Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes,” highlights important issues in cardiology, claiming that the stethoscope “is having a crossroads moment.”

The stethoscope is certainly not dead. Recent digital technology has upgraded the functionality of stethoscopes.  They now allow volume accentuation and frequency selection, as well as digital file transfer for teaching on rounds, competence testing, or audio file archival for comparison with prior or future recordings. Continue reading

The Journey to Value-Based Payment Continues

Dr Paul CasaleThis post was authored by Paul Casale, MD, MPH, FACC, a member of ACC’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Partners in Quality Subcommittee.

Health care is undergoing a transformation in regard to how we, as physicians, are paid for our services. Over the last decade, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2008, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have gradually moved the needle on quality reporting. While we’ve been on the journey from fee-for-service to pay-for-value for years, 2015 was a pivotal year for the transition to value-based payment.

Last year introduced the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), legislation that permanently repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate, establishes a framework for rewarding clinicians for value over volume and streamlines quality reporting programs into one system. MACRA also established two new payment pathways for clinicians that will start in 2019: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Continue reading

Home Improvements: ACC.org Keeps Getting Better

Eagle_KimThis post was authored by Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, editor-in-chief of ACC.org.

Over the past year, it’s been exciting to hear from members who are finding the new ACC.org is meeting their professional and personal needs – whether it’s through enhanced access to Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) journals and clinical guidelines, mobile-friendly formatting or personalization options that put relevant clinical and educational content at their fingertips.  Continue reading

Thursday Video Highlights From TCT 2015

Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, discuss the Thursday meeting highlights from TCT 2015, including the SAPIEN 3 trial and the BRAVO 3 trial. View full TCT 2015 meeting coverage at ACC.org/TCT and watch all the video coverage on ACC’s YouTube page.

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