This chronological overview of a patient’s diagnostic tests and treatments is critical to enabling the clinician to make the best decision for the patient at any given time. In 1990s, the timeline took the form of a physical folder full of notes and scans. Today, it’s more likely to be on screen, yet missing information can be isolated in different parts of a hospital.
It makes me wonder: is there a way to bring together these key insights in a deeper, more actionable way?
If I think about what my colleagues tell me today about their challenges, it often relates to that timeline in some form or another:
• Broken information or communication between events or between teams.
• Increasing amounts of imprecise patient data which remain difficult to interpret.
• Clinical variation leading to inconsistent or sub-optimal decisions.
And with all of these, there’s a cognitive overload that impedes planning and action. The acceleration in generating genetic, pharmacologic, physiologic and other data only deepens the chasm across these challenges.
At a time when cardiology is more complex due to patients surviving longer and with more complex comorbidities, medicine needs to identify care pathways that connect data, technology and people more than ever.
In this blog, I’d like to look at three ways we could do that.