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Heart Failure Virtual Clinics
For GPs, the Heart Failure Virtual Clinics (HFVC) provide a dynamic learning environment, improved knowledge base, peer to peer support and most importantly the necessary supports to maintain and treat heart failure patients in the primary care setting.
HeartBeat Trust has been at the forefront of development of structured care programmes for the prevention and management of heart failure, including a “virtual consultation” service to enable specialists and GPs to discuss cases and reduce the need for outpatient department referral by 80%.
The HFVC are used to disseminate expert advice and education to GPs. Using a web conference platform, GPs can log in remotely and, following presentation of a short CME topic, GPs can discuss their cases with Consultant Cardiologists and their specialist team. The HFVCs provide online, real-time conversations between the GP and specialist allowing speedy focused interactions.
By managing heart failure in the community, the HFVC removes a step in the traditional care pathway facilitating interaction between the specialist/GP. The HFVC care pathway is cost efficient and creates a dynamic, collaborative communication environment compared to the traditional referral letter pathway. This in turn reduces costs and reduces the need for patient travel and family inconvenience. Moreover, the HFVC reduces the need for Out Patient Department (OPD) referrals which frees up hospital OPD slots for those in need of standard clinics resulting in shorter waiting times and speedier reviews.
HeartBeat Trust are passionate about the future advancement of eHealth in Ireland and are optimistic about the use of technology for wider dissemination of heart failure knowledge and community care.