Acute cardiac care has changed dramatically over the past decennia. In coronary care and general intensive care units, information technology was introduced for arrhythmia monitoring and other signal processing. More recently, information technology has been applied to assist clinical decision making. Chapter 1 provides a definition for clinical decision support systems (CDSS) in critical care and describes factors for successful implementation of such systems. Subsequent chapters present three groups of studies designed to improve patient care (I) using information technology to assist rapid diagnosis and treatment in patients with evolving myocardial infarction, (II) better managing the multitude of monitoring alarms and (III) improving glucose regulation in patients at an intensive cardiac care unit.

cardiology, coronary diseases, health care, monitoring
M.L. Simoons (Maarten)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Netherlands Heart Foundation
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Lipton, J.A. (2010, October 13). Improving Quality of Care in Acute Cardiology. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from