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Cardiology pathway

A step by step guide to the cardiology pathway

  1. Referral management and advice and guidance

    Creating ways for patients to easily receive advice virtually. Consultations can be triaged and queries and prescriptions can be answered remotely.

  2. Primary care

    Early access to diagnostics and advice for primary care, including support for staff with advice, communication tools and image sharing where helpful.

  3. Diagnostics

    Remote reporting on diagnostics (including AI-enhanced diagnostics), including shared care records and diagnostic networks that support sharing of patient information.

  4. Outpatients

    Streamlined digital pathways, including booking appointments (most are virtual) and messaging of clinical teams managed through portals and remote platforms.

  5. Surgery and inpatient

    Tests and pre-operative assessments all being carried out virtually and supplemented by patient-reported outcome measures.

  6. Community services and rehabilitation

    Ongoing monitoring, including platforms that support long term conditions-monitoring and use of devices at home to monitor vital signs, and use of digital rehabilitation.

  7. Discharge and self care

    Supported self monitoring, including health and wellbeing overseen by the patient with support from digital tools and easy access to advice when necessary.

  8. End of life

    Tools to support advance care planning, symptom management and effective psychological support for patients, carers and families.