‘How can connected care improve the management of heart disease?' | #Philipschat

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Oct 12, 2017 - reading time 5 mins

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As connected care continues to integrate itself into different areas of the healthcare spectrum, we once again hosted a #PhilipsChat on Twitter for the experts to discuss how it fits into the management of heart disease.

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Joining us on our global discussion, Collette Johnson from technology company Plextek, founder & MD of Healthcare India, Dr. Vikram Venkateswaran, Vanessa Carter, founder of hcsmAfrica and Philips’ Chief Medical Officer, Jan Kimpen – as well as other medical professionals from around the world.


With 5 million impressions, 386 tweets and 61 participants, this is what the experts had to say.

How do you see connected care adoption in the cardiology field? Are your peers seeing its potential benefit?

As with other fields, adoption of connected care in cardiology is increasing as more clinicians see the benefits of real-time monitoring and the ease at which data can be collected and analyzed. Dr. Harsha Doddihal, Medical Director at Prana Healthcare kicked things off by offering an example, stating that “Telemedicine by RxDx hospital has technicians performing Echocardiography at rural areas which is interpreted by Cardiologist or Pediatric Cardiologist at urban area” – highlighting the potential of connected care to help improve monitoring in more remote locations.


This highlighted one of the many benefits of connected cardiology, especially in communities that are more remote or inaccessible, as agreed with by Jan Kimpen who replied with “Philips also work with customer partners for remote patient monitoring, e.g. eICU & remove monitoring”.


The conversation then briefly moved onto the wider topic of cardiology and its capabilities in the face of current challenges, linking to Professor Nicholas Peters’ article, Cardiology and beyond.


Other replies included:

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How do you see healthcare professionals utilizing connected care in treating patients with heart health illness?

The potential for connected care to enhance day-to-day clinical operations and improve the quality, detail, and speed of treatment is huge, yet different professionals are approaching it in different ways. For Collette Johnson, it provides a way for doctors to get more insight into the daily lives of patients. “Professionals can determine pattern of life impacts as they happen, which is more realistic than in hospital care”, she said. “It allows people to be monitored in the home for diagnosis and LTC which has numerous benefits”.


Vanessa Carter agreed with the sentiment, stating “I think connected devices monitoring heart health daily might help make it possible to pick up issues before they cause harm”, with Philips sharing an article on connected homes, which prompted more replies:

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Is connected care changing the way healthcare professionals interact with their cardiology patients?

Connected care is all about helping patients take more control over their care, as suggested by Jan Kimpen who said “data sharing empowers the patient – working together with their doctor to improve their healthcare in a dynamic care team”, a notion that Collette Johnson agreed with, stating “it creates open conversations between patient & professionals to help people personalize their treatment”.


This seemed like a good time to share the article “don’t be a passive patient” which then turned the conversation to how the data can be handled. Jan Kimpen put his perspective forward by saying “Overloading patients and doctors with data does not work. Translating data into digestible decision aids is key.” to which HealthCare India replied, “We agree, sometimes #data for data’s sake is dangerous unless meaningful outcomes can be delivered”.

In your view, what has been the most exciting example of connected care application in the cardiology field?

It was then time for some anecdotes from the participants. Nurse Danielle Siarri went first, linking to an article about Kangpe – mobile technology that lets patients contact doctors remotely – and was followed by Vanessa Carter, who highlighted a story about heart data being collected from inside the body, thanks to an implanted cardiac defibrillator.


Other anecdotes included:

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What connected care best practices in other disciplines can be beneficial for the management of heart disease?

The conversation then turned to other areas of healthcare that have benefitted from connected care, and how the lessons can be applied to the field of cardiology. To start things off, Jan Kimpen reiterated that it takes a collaborative effort to get the best results, stating “Co-creation with different stakeholders (doctors, patients, payers) as we do regularly, certainly helps”. For Collette, it was quite simply “about the patient understanding the systems and its benefits – the best examples are those that are the simplest”, to which Vanessa Carter replied “Absolutely! I think it must be difficult to please everyone. I believe in human-centered design”.


Once again, data featured heavily in this particular discussion, led by Dr. Vikram who suggested that “The key is to learn from other industries like banking for example, in the way they use data for meaningful insights”, to which Dr. Tushar replied “Data collection is getting easier for doctors and patient awareness and health literacy is increasing”, indicating that the shift was already happening.


Projectus Consulting had the last word on the subject, and indeed the entire chat, stating:

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So it seems that connected cardiology has a lot in common with other areas of healthcare. Education, data management, and collaboration lie at the heart of success.


Stay tuned for our next #PhilipsChat – coming soon!

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