- Adverse events in COVID-19 are difficult to predict. Risk stratification is encumbered by the need to protect healthcare workers. We hypothesize that artificial intelligence (AI) can help identify subtle signs of myocardial involvement in the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), which could help predict complications.
- COVID-19 boosted healthcare digitalization and personalization in cardiology. However, understanding patient attitudes and engagement behaviors is essential to achieve successful acceptance and implementation of digital health technologies in personalized care.
- The impact of telehealth on cardiovascular care during the COVID-19 pandemic on patient satisfaction and factors associated with satisfaction are not well characterized.
- National Health Service (NHS) England views shared decision-making as a vital part of providing good care, describing it as “a process in which clinicians and individuals work together to select tests, treatments, management, or support packages, based on evidence and the individual’s informed preferences.”1 It also states the need for “evidence-based decision support tools that are tailored to support people (especially those with low levels of health literacy) to understand their options and what is known of the benefits, harms, consequences, and burdens of those options.”
- With the way that our world has been impacted the past year from COVID-19, digital health has become front and center an important facet in managing a patient’s health. In fact, patients like myself rely on digital health to help us monitor our daily health, whether it be seeing how my heart rate is looking on my wristwatch, checking to see if my electrocardiogram (ECG) is normal on my mobile device, or monitoring my sleep and my number of steps walked per day. Monitoring quarterly or semiannual bloodwork labs online is another benefit to digital health.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted patients’ willingness and ability to engage with healthcare systems. To adapt to the “new normal,” healthcare providers have implemented processes that add more complexity to the process of making an appointment with our physician and entering the office to receive care. We can all agree that the purpose is to keep people safe and reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19. However, the messaging about COVID-19 and the risk to people with heart disease has created fear and uncertainty for patients.
- Digital health is transforming healthcare delivery.
- In December 2019, the novel COVID-19 virus spread from a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, to every corner of the globe, creating a worldwide pandemic pushing hospital systems past capacity and bringing economies worldwide to a halt. The COVID-19 pandemic is unique in comparison to prior coronavirus epidemics in its superior ability to be spread by asymptomatic and presymptomatic patients, allowing the virus to silently evade traditional symptoms-based screening approaches. Countries have implemented cutting-edge digital solutions to enhance traditional contact-tracing methodologies in combination with novel testing strategies to combat the virus, with variable levels of success.
- In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.John Fitzgerald Kennedy