Digital health technology tools in cardiology joined hands with primitive tools to counter stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or any other cardiovascular risks. Let's look at some of the top cardiovascular technology trends to watch out for in 2020.
FREMONT, CA: Sound, rhythm, rate, structure, function—countless features of the heart are measured to keep it healthy for as long as possible. In the future, minuscule sensors, digital twins, and artificial intelligence can strengthen the ranks.
AI and Cardiology
AI helps augment cardiologists and medical imaging. For instance, AI is commercially available today that includes automated ejection fraction calculations for point-of-care ultrasound systems (POCUS). Several vendors offer AI-automated calcium scoring software for the cardiac CT scans, creating the report quantification information in seconds and color-coding the calcium by vessel segment on the dataset slices. Arterys AI-based cardiac MRI analysis software automates the quantification needed to speed exam post-processing. AI algorithms are used automatically to detect arrhythmias and send alerts to patients using wearables or smartphone-based apps that record ECG.
AI is incorporated into the wearable and app algorithms to detect abnormally high heart rates and other factors to alert the patients to contact the doctors. This will likely play a significant role in the future to automatically inform patients and help them to know when they should seek professional healthcare help. A considerable number of healthcare systems are integrating wearables into their remote patient monitoring programs. Some hospitals use wearables, and consumer-grade devices like glucose monitors, wireless scales and blood pressure monitor that interface with smartphone apps to track the cardiac rehabilitation, and diabetic and heart failure patients remotely.
Robotic catheter navigation systems for the electrophysiology (EP) lab and the cardiac cath lab is around for several years now, but the methods are not standard. The main question restricting the adoption is if these systems can help the outcomes enough to justify the price of the systems. But, different consideration for these systems is the fact that they permit remote-control manipulation of catheters, that takes the operator out of the radiation field and enable them to take off the heavy lead covers and take a seat in a control cockpit. This has appeal as procedures become more complex and longer duration, exposing operators too much more scatter radiation than in the past. As concerns about cumulative radiation dose in operators increases, these systems offer an alternative.