Cardiology Magazine — May-June 2011
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From The President

New Communications, Technologies Mean Changes for Delivery of Science

Cover illustration by Jeffery Mangiat Communications strategies and technology continue to change at an increasingly rapid rate affecting all aspects of society. When it comes to the practice of cardiovascular medicine, there are many opportunities to harness these new strategies and technologies to improve care.

This issue of Cardiology provides a look at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) efforts to do just that, particularly in terms of finding new and innovative ways to place important guidelines and other clinical documents directly in the hands of care providers. “Our overarching goal is to create a ‘living’ document that allows for a timely, thorough and thoughtful review and assimilation of the continuous stream of new data, and that ultimately fosters the practice of evidence-based cardiology at the point of care,” says Alice Jacobs, MD, FACC, in the cover story on the future of guidelines.

This issue also explores the first expert consensus document to help clinicians reduce the risks and effectively manage hypertension in older adults. It also provides a look at three of the headline-making Late-Breaking Clinical Trials coming out of our recent Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans — PARTNER, RIVAL and STICH. All three have potential ramifications on the practice of medicine as we know it, and you can be assured the College is working to develop tools and resources to guide practitioners.

Also in this issue, as we work to improve communications strategies during this period of change, we’ve found that bringing together cardiovascular professionals around key topics has helped inform ACC advocacy and quality efforts, as well as improve patient care. This issue looks at two of the newest ACC member sections — Sports and Exercise Cardiology and Geriatric Cardiology — designed to help foster discussion and improve outcomes for athletes and older adults. We also look at the next phase of the Hospital to Home (H2H) initiative, which is focused on challenging participants in the H2H community to use and test strategies for improving patient transitions from hospital to home. Efforts to expand the NCDR® internationally are also highlighted.

Finally, I can’t say enough good things about ACC.11 and i2 Summit in New Orleans (check out the photo spread on page 22). The College truly pulled off an exciting, innovative and cutting-edge meeting, setting the bar high for ACC.12 in Chicago. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year as president and making ACC.12 even better!

From the ACC to You!