Patient-driven models of care have evolved over the past 40 years since the concept of patient-centeredness was first introduced illustrating the need for a more personal interface and communication with patients. This approach centers on seeing and treating through the eyes of the patient to deliver personalized care. Shortened length of stay, focus on outcomes and the trend toward pay for performance are forcing health systems to also pick up the mantle in delivering patient-centered care.

This edition of the CardioSurve Newsletter focuses on the patient and ways that cardiologists are employing patient-centered care in their practice and their system. Six months of findings from our CardioSurve panel have supported the American College of Cardiology’s efforts to develop new initiatives, methods and tools directed at the clinician-patient relationship to enhance care and support the mission of improved cardiovascular patient health. Clearly there is a role for health care to empower patients in self-care.

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes