February 28, 2012
February is Heart Month - Seems like the perfect time for the APPROACH (Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart disease) registry to debut in British Columbia. The Provincial Health Service Authority (PHSA) has been an active partner in this initiative, and many BC clinicians have devoted time from their busy schedules to enhance the software. APPROACH is a practical, effective, and patient-focused initiative - Information on tests, patient status, indications and procedural data will be entered into the registry, which has been co-branded Heart IS (Heart Information System) in B.C..
"Go Live” began in Victoria at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in early February. St Paul’ Hospital will “Go Live” March 2nd. The other major tertiary care sites in BC will be phased in over the next few months. Thunder Bay will begin entering cathlab data in the first half 2012, while Winnipeg will go online in 2012, as well.
The APPROACH software is designed to assist with the APPROACH mission “to collect and process health information to improve cardiac care for all”. Using APPROACH provides the opportunity for a long-term view of the patient journey and ongoing assessment of the patient in the transition from acute events (such as Acute Coronary Syndromes - ACS) to chronic realities; a perspective that spans the continuum of care.
The APPROACH software has had impact on many levels and has proven its utility to individual practitioners (in the form of patient data and coronary anatomy graphical summaries), to research teams (in the form of clinically rich and reliable data for analysis), to local administrators (in the form of utilization and outcome reports), and to provincial administrators (in the form of reports regarding wait times and outcomes). This initiative has led the way in streamlining reporting processes and integrating clinical information into daily health care processes.