Navigating the Future of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: Insights from the 2nd World Forum
On the afternoon of Thursday 18th May 2023, EKORA® had the distinct honour of participating in the 2nd World Forum on the follow-up of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). Held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, USA, the forum marked a pivotal moment in advancing the conversation on the implementation of IEEE nomenclature and data standards in the realm of CIEDs.
The backdrop of the event was a mix of hot and sunny weather, occasionally interrupted by torrential rain—an apt reflection of the dynamic discussions and diverse perspectives that unfolded within the convention centre. The venue itself, a hub for innovation and collaboration, set the stage for a gathering of influential minds in the field.
The forum was co-chaired by Dr David Slotwiner, Chief of Cardiology at New York Presbyterian, Queens, NY, USA, and former Chair of the HRS Interoperability Committee, and Prof Hein Heidbuchel, Cardiologist-Electrophysiologist and Chair of Cardiology at Antwerp University, Belgium, and EHRA Past President. The event commenced with introductions from participants, representing major device manufacturers and select middleware companies, including us from EKORA®.
Manufacturer Presentations and Insights:
A highlight of the forum was the presentations from various device manufacturers, providing an in-depth look at the current state of implementing IEEE nomenclature on their respective devices. EKORA® brought its wealth of experience to the discussions, having a long-standing integration history with all major device manufacturers. The diverse approaches showcased underscored the complexities inherent in the field.
Exploring Next Steps with Dr John Windle:
Dr. John Windle presented insights into potential next steps in data standards and interoperability development through the HL7 FHIR Accelerator. His presentation laid the groundwork for a collective vision of the future, emphasising the importance of collaboration and shared goals.
Shared Commitment and Future Agreements:
The forum concluded with a clear desire to progress matters further. Participants expressed a shared commitment to advancing the field, culminating in the discussion of an agreement to meet again at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) conference in Amsterdam in August 2023. This commitment reflects the dedication of the participants to driving positive change in the landscape of CIEDs.
Statement of Common Goals:
In a notable development, participants collaboratively articulated and signed a statement of common goals. In response to the evolving landscape of cardiovascular care, the collaborative efforts of the global community have yielded a standardised nomenclature for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), now an ISO/IEEE standard. Recognising the challenges posed by diverse data formats, the commitment extends to implementing this standard (ISO/IEEE 11073-10103:2014) for interoperable communication in in-office and remote interrogations. The collective pledge to collaborate through the World Forum emphasises the ongoing pursuit of technical solutions, aiming to enhance patient care safety and efficacy. The ultimate goal is a globally interoperable CIED data stream, fostering continuous growth and improvement in the realm of implantable cardiac devices.
The 2nd World Forum on Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices was a landmark event, bringing together industry leaders, manufacturers, and innovators to navigate the complexities of implementation, data standards, and interoperability. EKORA® remains at the forefront of these discussions, actively contributing to the shared vision of a more integrated and standardised future for cardiac care.