In cardiology departments across the U.S., thousands of electrophysiology (EP) devices are implanted into patients each year. These procedures generate hundreds of thousands of images in the diagnoses and treatment of various heart arrhythmias and cardiovascular disease. Imagine how many pairs of hands touch just one patient record. Right now, most healthcare data still sits in silos. Whether on paper or computers, information cannot be exchanged and departments and physicians cannot communicate.
What if medical imaging software existed that could communicate across disparate groups? What if true interoperability of HIT systems was possible?
That is the goal of the Heart Rhythm Society’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Work Group. They are actively working with industry engineers to identify and recommend strategies for building and implementing an HIT infrastructure to improve the interoperability of HIT systems, efficiency of service delivery and care of heart-rhythm patients.
In the video above, experts in their field discuss the challenges of the current EP practice-specific systems and the value of an interoperable nationwide health information network.
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