Published on 18/03/2013
Patients undergoing heart surgery will now be able to access their doctor’s performance data online, as well as success and failure rates of operations at the hospital.
Developed in part by The University of Manchester, the Blue Book Online is a new website designed to give NHS patients informed choices about their care.
The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery said that pre-operative patients will have access to their doctor’s performance data online, such as how many times they have performed the operation and how well each procedure went.
In addition, the Blue Book Online will provide patients with details about their surgery, including expected outcomes, risk factors and long-term outcomes.
Patients will also be able to see the success and failure rates of operations at their NHS hospital.
James Roxburgh, president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, said: "It seems likely that the only effective way of preventing further gross failures of clinical governance is to have more widespread and transparent use of clinical outcomes data.
“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."
At their annual meeting in Brighton today, the Society will also reveal well advanced plans for developing an App for mobile devices.
This will allow surgeons on-the-go access to outcomes data and will assist them in making rapid accurate and effective decisions about a patient’s care.
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