While it is anticipated that digital health solutions could be of significant value in cardiovascular care, experts say barriers such as a lack of belief in digital health care will first need to be addressed.
In a new position paper, experts from the European Society of Cardiology’s e-cardiology working group describe how wireless technologies and digital health solutions 'offer considerable promise', allowing for easier daily patient monitoring and feedback than approaches involving clinical personnel. However, they say health care professionals may perceive that heavy time investments are needed to review incoming data and provide feedback to patients, in some cases because digital health care is mostly added ‘on top of’ existing care rather than being blended in the current care delivery.
They propose a 're-design' of contemporary workflow models to address this. “Specific training programmes for all caregivers and medical students should be developed to assist them in understanding the new service models resulting from digital health deployment, related capabilities and limitations,” they say.
They say digital health-related topics should also be included in the ESC cardiology core curriculum.
The new position paper is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.