A handheld echocardiogram diagnoses heart failure and reduces waiting times
What is the aim?
A point-of-care handheld transthoracic echocardiogram can produce images to diagnose heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and analyse them with artificial intelligence.1 The handheld echocardiogram is accompanied by a clinical dashboard that presents information on the treatment needed.2
What has been achieved?
There is an ongoing clinical trial (OPERA) using the handheld echocardiogram device to diagnose heart failure.2 In Scotland, since January 2021, over 700 people with suspected heart failure have been referred from community settings for further examination with this device. So far, results have been promising, with a reduction of waiting times from 12 months to less than 12 weeks, allowing treatment to be initiated sooner.2
- ClinicalTrials.gov. Optimising a digital diagnostic pathway for heart failure in the community (OPERA) [online]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04724200 [Accessed 22/07/22]
- West of Scotland Innovation Hub. Early diagnostic heart failure (Opera) [online]. Available from: https://www.woshealthinnovation.scot/exemplar-projects/earlydiagnostic-heart-failure-opera/ [Accessed 22/07/22]