Press Release

Heartwatch Report received by Minister

Mr Seán Power TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children has today (16 December 2004) received a Report on Heartwatch.  Heartwatch is the Initial Implementation Phase of a National Programme in General Practice for the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.  It is a pilot programme currently being evaluated independently.

“Lessons learned from Heartwatch and the results of the independent evaluation of Heartwatch will inform how we deliver secondary prevention to patients into the future.  I look forward to receiving the evaluation report early in 2005,” said the Minster of State.

Data collection is an important element of the Heartwatch programme and the report covers analysis of the data collected from March 2003 to April 2004.  More than 10,500 patients have been enrolled in the programme, including 1,000 diabetic patients in the Midland Health Board area and that over 40,000 patent consultations have taken place so far.  This has enabled the development of the largest database on patients with cardiovascular disease in Ireland.

The data collected so far is of a high quality and will permit both cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis.  It will allow national and regional analysis to a high level of statistical reliability.  The data gathered through Heartwatch will be available for use in the future in areas of audit, epidemiology and population health, resource planning and delivery.

Minister’s Speech