MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Participates in Find Your Heart a Home in Partnership with American College of Cardiology
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is further demonstrating its dedication to quality improvement, transparency, and patient and provider engagement.
In this era of health care transparency, patients and their families want access to credible information about quality of care to help them make informed decisions.
Consumers consult online search tools to make decisions on restaurants and hotels, and now they can do the same for their cardiovascular care.
Find Your Heart a Home is a first-of-its-kind hospital comparison database for cardiac care. It allows patients and caregivers, to search and compare hospitals based on the cardiac services they provide and important information on the quality of care they deliver.
“Transparency in health care is a growing expectation among patients and their caregivers,” said Allen J. Taylor, MD, FACC FAHA, chief of Cardiology at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute.
“The Find Your Heart a Home tool can offer the transparency patients are seeking and help eliminate the information clutter by giving them reliable information they need to make informed choices. We are proud to be partnering with ACC on this important pilot project.”
Find Your Heart a Home is populated with data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, which tracks certain heart care procedures performed at hospitals nationwide.
It rated MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the founding hospital of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, based on 1,810 cardiac catheterization and angioplasty procedures, and 520 implanted cardiac defibrillators. For each aspect of care evaluated, the Hospital Center’s performance earned the maximum four stars.
The tool is part of ACC’s CardioSmart initiative, a website full of educational information and tools to help guide patients on their heart health journey.
“MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a pioneer in this effort to give patients the tools they need to become an active participant when mapping out their cardiac care plan,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC. “They are showing a true commitment to transparency and quality and serving as an example to hospitals across the country.”