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Cardiology patients undergo a number of investigations as part of their management. Follow-up of all these disparate investigations can be difficult in many existing hospital systems. A new system, agnostic of manufacturer, was therefore developed to integrate these results into one place.
The service initially started as a way to transfer ECGs from General Practices in the community into the hospital. Over time links were developed to integrate reports from echocardiography, angiography, ambulatory monitoring and eventually device interrogations. The system is written in C#/.net in Visual Studio and deployed on Microsoft Windows Server 2012.
140,000 patients are now listed on the Cardiology Results Service, including over 4,000 CIEDs. The system is in daily use across our organisation, with multiple users entering data. Medication lists & 12-lead ECGs carried out in the community along with hospital-based investigations are automatically downloaded onto the system. Automated device downloads from major manufacturers (Biotronik, Boston Scientific, St Jude Medical/Abbott, Medtronic) are all automatically downloaded and displayed.
An integrated approach to data management for Cardiology patients has many benefits, improving service delivery and patient care.