A heart failure diagnosis pathway turned into a digital service reduces waiting times
What is the aim?
The Lenus Health Heart Failure Service in Scotland is a one-stop digital service that integrates data on general practice referrals, electronic health records and diagnostic results. It consists of a cloud-based dashboard, and is led by a nurse team that runs consultations and examinations. It is currently used in secondary care, but its roll-out to community settings is being explored.
What has been achieved?
The service receives up to 2,000 referrals every year and has shortened waiting times for heart failure diagnosis from 12 months to 6 weeks. It has also reduced the number of referrals for heart failure diagnostic tests and decreased the need for appointments. Following diagnosis, people with heart failure move to a virtual management service, where they receive ongoing monitoring with wearables and virtual reviews.
NHS. Transforming heart failure diagnosis pathway to improve the patient journey. Available from: https://transform.england.nhs.uk/key-tools-and-info/digitalplaybooks/cardiology-digital-playbook/transforming-heartfailure-diagnosis-pathway-to-improve-the-patient-journey/ [Accessed 04/08/22]