Digital Health in Electrophysiology and Beyond: The Potential and the Challenges
A new review aims to guide the cardiovascular community on how to turn the growing abundance of patient-generated data into an asset rather than a burden.
“With great power and far-reaching capabilities come great responsibilities.” So concludes a new review paper, “Digital Health and the Care of the Arrhythmia Patient: What Every Electrophysiologist Needs to Know,” published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology by a multi-institutional team of authors led by Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH, Associate Section Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic and Director of the Center for Digital Health and Telemedicine in its Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.
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Dr. Tarakji assembled the diverse group of specialists to develop the review, which includes national leaders in digital health, electrophysiology, patient experience and other disciplines. The authors present a briskly paced survey of leading issues around digital health in electrophysiology and cardiovascular care overall, specifically:
While the review addresses the transformation of care for arrhythmia patients with the advent of digital technologies, it notes that the challenges and opportunities explored apply to all medical specialties. As a result, the document represents a resource for describing the digital health landscape to clinicians of all disciplines as well as to patients, researchers and members of industry.
Here is a sampling of observations made in the article:
These and other observations give rise to the authors’ conclusion that these technologies’ formidable capabilities come with matching demands and responsibilities. “As the supply of patient-generated data and genomic data swells,” says Dr. Tarakji, “clinicians have an opportunity to develop more-personalized risk assessments to better manage common and high-burden diseases. This review helps guide the cardiovascular community on the issues to be considered as we work to make the growing abundance of data an asset rather than a burden.”
“Once fully employed and integrated, digital health — whether through wearables or delivery of care — will truly transform healthcare as we know it,” observes Oussama Wazni, MD, Section Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic. “This comprehensive review will help clinicians navigate the future of digital healthcare.”
The review is available here.