Heart surgery data goes online
Heart surgery patients will be able to check their doctor’s performance data online before they are operated on, it has been announced.
Patients across the UK will be able to see how many times their surgeon has performed the procedure and examine their outcome data, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said. They will also be able to check the data concerning the hospital where they are to have their operation.
The Blue Book Online website, which is being launched today at the Society’s annual meeting in Brighton, will also provide patients with details about their surgery including expected outcomes, risk factors and long-term outcomes.
A spokeswoman said the website was to help patients make informed choices about their care. And doctors will be able to compare their performance to their peers, she added.
The Society is urging other surgical specialities to follow in their footsteps by producing outcomes data online.
James Roxburgh, president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, said: “It seems likely that the only effective way of preventing further gross failures of clinical governance is to have more widespread and transparent use of clinical outcomes data.
“We have previously published our data in a series of comprehensive audits, but now see clear, accurate and comparative web-based information as the most suitable platform for surgeons and patients.
“There needs to be a focus on the whole service we provide and not just clinical outcomes. The Blue Book Online and other associated IT tools will empower patients and lead to better decision making by professionals and a more positive patient experience.”
Ben Bridgewater, consultant cardiac surgeon at the University Hospital of South Manchester, added: “Information is integral to quality healthcare and we have seen an exponential increase in the amount of patients using the internet to find out more accurate and trusted detail about their care.
“In a modernised NHS this is the ideal way for us to publish and keep up-to-date data of surgeons’ and hospitals’ clinical outcomes.”
Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)
- Could these be the world’s most comfortable shoes? - January 20, 2017
- Recreational cycling holidays in Tuscany - January 20, 2017
- 5 Ways to Make your Bedroom more Chic - January 20, 2017
- How would you solve the NHS crisis? - January 19, 2017
- Will Donald Trump ‘Make America Great Again’? - January 19, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!