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When introducing innovation, there is value to be gained by partnering with Industry.
There are three key areas on which partnerships between Industry and hospitals might be based: evidence, tracking and technology. (Cogora, in-house data)
There is a significant body of TAVI literature that illustrates pre-, peri- and post-procedure processes that positively impact on the safety and efficiency of partnerships with Industry. However, these processes can vary from site-to-site and operator-to-operator.
Two seminal studies, one in North America1 and the other in Europe,2 have consolidated best practices to create clinical pathway protocols that supplement the TAVI procedure with the SAPIEN 3TM valve.
In Edwards Lifesciences, hospitals have a partner that has further consolidated these examples of best practice to create the Edwards BenchmarkTM Programme (into which several European centres have already enrolled): an educational standardised care pathway (from admission to discharge) designed to deliver good, reproducible patient outcomes and access, and improved institutional capacity.
The Edwards BenchmarkTM Programme might help to improve hospital efficiency and patient outcomes by implementing a standardised care pathway for patients, optimising the clinical pathway with a reproducible and scalable programme as well as increased patient access to high-quality care and programme capacity driven by proven best practice. Some of the objectives of the Edwards BenchmarkTM Programme include 80% next day discharge to home, 5% 30-day cardiovascular readmission and 1% 30-day mortality.
Several EU centres are already enrolled onto the Benchmark Programme, with reproducible results such as a reduction in average length of stay (-2.3 days per patient in Germany).3
As these benefits may translate into shorter waiting lists and reallocation of hospital resources, allowing potentially more patients to be treated, switching to the less-invasive TAVI procedure will pave the way to improved hospital efficiency. This is of paramount importance during and post-COVID-194, as hospitals face tackling the backlog of patients whose care have been placed on hold while hospital resources have been restructured during the pandemic. It has never been more critical that a hospital display maximum efficiency in delivering best clinical care to their patients – from shortening waiting lists and length of stay to lowering re-hospitalisation rates.5