Defragmenting Heart Failure Care: Medical Records Integration

Heart Fail Clin. 2020 Oct;16(4):467-477. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2020.06.007. Epub 2020 Jul 21.


Heart failure management requires intensive care coordination. Guideline-directed medical therapies have been shown to save lives but are practically challenging to implement because of the fragmented care that heart failure patients experience. Electronic health record adoption has transformed the collection and storage of clinical data, but accessing these data often remains prohibitively difficult. Current legislation aims to increase the interoperability of software systems so that providers and patients can easily access the clinical information they desire. Novel heart failure devices and technologies leverage patient-generated data to manage heart failure patients, whereas new data standards make it possible for this information to guide clinical decision-making.

Keywords: Data; EHR; Electronic health record; Fragmented; Informatics; Interoperability; ONC; Regulation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Health Records / standards*
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Software