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Evaluating the economic value of using Vscan
The study was conducted at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital with Vscan ultrasound products and product training provided by GE Healthcare. The rate of echocardiogram referrals, length of stay and readmission rates in three cardiology service areas at a single UPMC hospital (UPMC Presbyterian Hospital campus) were measured over four (4) months. In this two (2) month pre-post QI Project, we found that the use of Vscan led to significant decreases in echocardiogram referrals when used in the cardiac consult and cardiology CCU services. A non-significant increase in these referrals was noted in the Cardiac Pavilion group. Additionally, we saw a statistically significant overall 1.23 day decrease in mean length of stay with no difference in 30-day readmission rates with use of Vscan.