Dr. Sandra Sanders - van Wijk, PhD, cardiologist at the Maastricht University Medical Centre, highlights the need for innovation in cardiology. In an interview with us she talks about her latest projects that follow upcoming trends in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the shift towards automated evaluations in patient care.
One of these projects focuses on tailoring care by stratifying acute heart failure patients early with the aim to improve patient outcomes. Stratifying patients can also lead to earlier hospital discharge and help with follow-up care planning and optimization. Another project Dr. Sanders - van Wijk elaborates on includes the development of an artificial intelligence heart failure (HF) nurse to provide guidance and disease monitoring for patients at home and to improve their overall quality of life.
For continued improvement in patient care and to overcome the existing challenges in CVD management, collaborative research for innovative solutions needs to be carried out. Dr. Sanders - van Wijk strongly advocates for bringing medical value to the patients by tailoring the treatment and improving stratification of patients and by making care pathways smarter and more efficient in a sustainable manner.