A computer-based system integrated into the hospital information system for the pharmacological management of the chronic heart-failure patients admitted to the heart-failure unit of Montescano is presented. The major aims of the system involved monitoring the patients' treatment history and the related therapeutic decision-making. The treatment history of the first 151 consecutive CHF patients admitted after the system implementation is examined. The prescribed drug doses at admission and at discharge are compared, as well as the differences in etiology and NYHA class between patients discharged with or without each drug. Several considerations can be drawn from this analysis. First of all, in heart failure patients the choice of drugs is limited and optimal treatment is a result of individualized dosages. Secondly, time and trials are necessary to obtain optimal treatment. Consequently, continuity of care and in- and out-hospital networks are advisable. Third, a computer-based system offers advantages not only for the pharmacological management itself, but also for improving the quality of care through continuous analysis of the decision-making process.
|Translated title of the contribution||Computer-based management and decision-making in the pharmacological treatment of patients with chronic heart failure: Experience of the heart- failure unit of Montescano|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine