Thanks to Blue Book Online, a tool developed by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery and National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research, patients can now go on the internet and get information about actual and expected outcomes of surgeries as well as about the risks involved. Doctors will also use the tool to compare their performance to other surgeons.
According to James Roxburgh, president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery: “The Blue Book Online and other associated IT tools will empower patients and lead to better decision making by professionals and a more positive patient experience.”
The website explains that “when a heart operation happens in an NHS hospital (and a number of private hospitals), data is collected about the clinical condition of the patient, the operation itself, and post-operative outcomes including mortality. We have previously published these data in a series of ‘Blue Books’, but now see web-based access to the most up to date data as being more useful. To this end, we have replaced the paper version with this Blue Book Online.”
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