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Vol. 256, Issue 2, March 2022, pp. 19-26




A Description of Data Handling Practices and Software Tools Developed
by the Boston Children’s Hospital Echo Core Laboratory

1 * Edward Marcus, 2 Meena Nathan, 1 Patrick McGeoghegan and 1 Kevin Friedman

1 Department of Cardiology,
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 9 Hope St., Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Tel: (001) 781-216-2532

E-mail: ed.marcus@cardio.chboston.org


Received: 25 January 2022 /Accepted: 28 February 2022 /Published: 31 March 2022



Abstract: Ultrasound ‘Echocardiogram (echo)’ images generated by commercial scanners are non-invasive, economical, and have therefore become an important clinical and research tool for cardiovascular disease. The Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH, USA) cardiology department has developed echo image handling processes and software tools to simplify and manage the flow of echo data from sites participating in multi-center research studies. With frequent needs to correlate echocardiographic findings with surgical outcomes and more recently, better understand the acute and long-term effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the heart in a multi- institutional collaborative 1, the need for a central corelab for image review and reporting has spurred the development of new software tools that seamlessly prepare, transmit and measure echocardiographic images and generate reports formatted to merge easily with clinical databases. In this paper we provide a descriptive guide to these software tools, and offer suggested approaches to data preparations that can simplify corelab processing.


Keywords: Echo Corelab, Health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA), Protected health information (PHI), Ultrasound images, Structured reporting.


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