Cardiac Imaging Think Tank Report Embraces Quality and Innovation For the Future

Those in the cardiac imaging field are optimistic about its future despite challenges from the changing health care landscape, according to a report from ACC’s Imaging Council published Oct. 3 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

The report gathers findings from a two-day Think Tank on the future of cardiac imaging convened at Heart House by ACC’s Executive Committee and Cardiovascular Imaging Section Leadership Council in April 2016. Chaired by Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, and Manuel D. Cerqueira, MD, FACC, the Think Tank was organized around four goals: to preserve and enhance the relevance of cardiac imaging in a value-based health care system; define cardiovascular imaging for the future; ensure robust innovation and research in cardiac imaging; and maximize imaging formation and improve outcomes.

Discussion of these goals resulted in the formation of a number of strategies that serve as the Think Tank’s recommendations. The report showcases these strategies, which include ensuring that imaging expertise informs patient care; defining training goals for the new cardiac imaging expert; exploring collaborative academic and industry partnerships; and defining and reinforcing minimal standards for image quality, structured data reporting, and workflow for all modalities.

Douglas, et al., note that “the discussion was marked by a sense of optimism and excitement about the future.” Challenges presented by health care reform influenced much of the conversation, particularly the “shifting emphasis from productivity to value.”

The group observed that further input from other areas in imaging are needed, along with additional work to prioritize goals. “In conclusion, although the changing health care landscape is challenging, the cardiac imaging field is able to envision a future of excellence, quality and innovation, and has outlined concrete steps to realize this potential.”

Clinical Topics: Noninvasive Imaging

Keywords: Cardiac Imaging Techniques, Cooperative Behavior, Forecasting, Goals, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Patient Care, Research Design, Workflow, Diagnostic Imaging

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