Universally, the users find VMS easy to use and very helpful for their patients with congenital heart disease and now pulmonary hypertension. Some users have made VMS mandatory within their hospital and others are still building their confidence in its information and ease of use, before they recommend it to their colleagues.
One story related to me was about a child, who had come a thousand miles for a check- up of his surgically-repaired heart just, after VMS had been installed at the hospital. The doctor was about to ask the child and parents to come back for a MRI exam when he remembered about VMS. He immediately had the procedure done. The analysis came back showing the heart was fine. The child and his parents went home and did not have to comeback such a long way. The cardiologist was overjoyed with the accuracy and speed of the result and even happier for the child who did not have to undergo a MRI procedure.
It is encouraging to see hospitals considering VMS as the standard of care, but we realize this is a big decision, which requires the buy-in of all parts of the cardiac unit. Change takes energy and time. However, the status quo is just too costly and inconvenient to continue and so VMS will eventually be the standard of care.