Getting to the Heart of Patient Care

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of all U.S. adults – around 28.2 million – have some type of cardiovascular disease.

For Jay Patel, BDS, MS, PhD Candidate, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, it’s critical to measure the accuracy of inputting patient-reported Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) information into electronic health records (EHR).

Patel’s work shows the importance of using informatics to apply CVD information to clinical decision making and treatment planning for procedures that might be more invasive. For example, if CVDs are not well controlled before a dental clinician performs a surgery, it could lead to serious consequences.

Why Informatics? So, we can keep the 28.2 million people with cardiovascular diseases safe while undergoing invasive medical procedures.