The Cardiology Service of the University Hospital of Girona Dr. Josep Trueta has recently been awarded for the Odisea App and “Girona, Territori cardioprotegit” projects, two pioneering and innovative projects with a focus on improving services for patients. The app aims to improve the response time of hospitals when there is a patient with a heart attack, whereas the “Girona, Territori Cardioprotegit” project is based on the largest installation of the public network of automatic defibrillators in Spain.
On the one hand, the Spanish Society of Cardiology has awarded a grant to the APP Odisea project, in the call for Grants for Training and Research of the Association of Ischaemic Heart Disease and Critical Cardiac Care 2022. On the other hand, the project has also received another grant from the Catalan Society of Cardiology in the framework of the Research Projects 2022. In this case, of the 27 projects presented, two were selected, one of them from Girona: "Application of new technologies (Odisea app) in the AMI Code to improve primary angioplasty times". The awarding of these grants took place on Friday 3 June in Barcelona during the Annual Congress of the society. For the promoter of this app, the Trueta cardiologist and researcher of the Cardiovascular Genetics group of IDIBGI, Dr. Jaime Aboal, "it is a recognition of the project and these grants will allow us to make improvements and new projects in relation to the app".
About the Odisea App
The Odisea app has been developed by professionals from the Hospital Trueta, the Jordi Gol University Institute for Primary Care Research (IDIAP), the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) and the University of Girona (UdG). The aim of the app is to improve the coordination, information flow and treatment time of patients who have suffered an acute heart attack and are transferred urgently to the Trueta Hospital, the reference hospital for the Heart Attack Code in the Girona Health Region. The development of this app is part of a research project, called Odisea, which will determine whether the use of this app really achieves the objectives initially set.
With the app, when one of the regional hospitals in the Girona Region receives a patient who activates the Infarction Code, their data are incorporated into the new application, including electrocardiogram images, which allow the Cardiology Team at Trueta Hospital to instantly assess the patient's condition via a mobile device or tablet and, therefore, can guide the professionals at the hospital where the patient has arrived. The application also includes a chat through which doctors from different centres can exchange impressions and clinical guidance in real time, suggesting treatment for each case.
The SEM, which is the entity in charge of activating the Infarction Code through its Health Coordination Centre, is also actively participating in the test. The app incorporates a geolocation system that allows us to know at all times where the patient is in the hospital transfer and provides tools to the haemodynamics specialists at Trueta to improve the management and occupation of the haemodynamics room, where patients will undergo an intervention to restore the flow of the affected coronary artery.
Once the patient has been treated at the Trueta Hospital, all the clinical information continues to be dumped into the application, so that the professionals of the county hospitals that have attended the cases in the first instance can follow the evolution of the patients.
Source: ICS Girona