Eric Y. Ding, Ms from the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School speaks about the Survey of current perspectives on consumer-available digital health devices for detecting atrial fibrillation.
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Patients have direct access to a variety of digital health services that can detect atrial fibrillation (AF). Heart rhythm healthcare practitioners' (HCPs) adaptation into clinical practice, on the other hand, is uncertain.
The aim of this study was to look into the perspectives of HCPs on the use of commercial technologies for AF detection and management.
We developed an electronic survey for HCPs to determine practice demographics and attitudes toward digital devices for AF identification and management. The survey was sent to all members of three heart rhythm professional societies via email.
Out of 73,563 e-mails sent, we got 1601 responses, with 43.6 percent coming from cardiologists, 12.8 percent from fellows, and 11.6 percent from advanced practice practitioners. The majority of respondents (62.3 percent) said they had advised patients to use a digital system for AF detection. Many that didn't were worried about their accuracy (29.6%), the clinical usefulness of the findings (22.8%), and incorporation into electronic health records (22.8%). (19.8 percent ). For patients at high risk of stroke, the findings of a 30-second single-lead electrocardiogram were enough for 42.7 percent of HCPs to prescribe oral anticoagulation. More data comparing the accuracy of digital devices versus traditional devices for AF monitoring was requested by respondents (64.9 percent ). A quarter of HCPs (27.3%) had no concerns about recommending digital devices for AF detection, and the majority (53.4%) required guidelines from their professional societies about how to use them properly.
Many healthcare professionals have already begun to incorporate digital technologies into their clinical practice. However, when using digital technology for AF detection, HCPs identified difficulties, and professional society guidelines are required.