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CV Innovation on the Hill; ACC.20/WCC in Chicago, More.

CV Innovation Highlighted on Capitol Hill

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ACC Executive Vice President Brendan Mullen and Myia Labs Inc. Chief Executive Officer Simon MacGibbon participated in a Congressional Healthcare Innovation Caucus Showcase last month in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Through the showcase, Mullen and MacGibbon had the opportunity to present Myia's health monitoring platform to members of Congress and their staff. Designed for both clinicians and their patients, the platform ingests biometric patient data from curated sensors and transforms it into actionable clinical insights.


"It is exciting that the U.S. Congress is taking a strong, bipartisan interest in digital health," says John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC, ACC's Chief Innovation Officer. "It is even more exciting that the ACC and Myia were chosen for this opportunity to show that the successful development of digital health technologies relies on partnership between the technological and clinical worlds. The event also serves as another example of ACC Innovation taking a leadership role in the development and implementation of digital technologies to improve cardiovascular care and outcomes."

Since the College's 2018 investment in Myia, the two partners have collaborated to develop the technology through a co-design approach and incorporate the platform into clinical workflow. For patients with chronic and postoperative conditions, like heart failure, Myia sets a new bar for quality of life by helping stable patients remain at home, while flagging patients with signs of clinical decompensation for immediate intervention.

"We are proud to be collaborating with the ACC to set a new standard for creating technology that centers clinicians and patients," says MacGibbon. "We believe that health technology, when developed together with key stakeholders, can increase access and materially contribute to the realization of outcome and cost aspirations for value-based care."

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ACC, WHF to Partner on ACC.20/World Congress of Cardiology in Chicago

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The ACC and the World Heart Federation (WHF) will jointly host the ACC's 69th Annual Scientific Session with the WHF's World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC), taking place March 28-30, 2020, in Chicago.

"The ACC and WHF are strategically aligned in our goals to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease worldwide," says ACC President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC. "By combining WHF's expertise and leadership in promoting global health issues and ACC's renowned Annual Scientific Session, we are poised to reach thousands of cardiovascular health professionals with new ideas, science and education that can save patients in some of the world's most vulnerable countries."


For the past several years, the WHF has held its biannual World Congress of Cardiology jointly with other cardiovascular societies around the world. In 2018, the congress was held in conjunction with the Emirates Cardiac Society and the Gulf Heart Association, and in 2019 the congress will be held in conjunction with the European Society of Cardiology.

In planning ACC.20/WCC, the two organizations will work together to incorporate ideas about global health content into the overarching meeting program to bring awareness of the vital work needed in global health advocacy, including the United Nation's goal to reduce premature death from noncommunicable diseases by 25 percent by 2025.

"WHF is delighted to be returning to the USA after over 30 years, and we are immensely proud to be partnering with ACC to jointly host ACC.20/WCC," says WHF President Karen Sliwa, MD, PhD. WHF President-Elect Fausto Pinto, MD, PhD, FACC, adds: "I am looking forward to working with the Congress Program Committee to develop a world class program that spans all aspects of cardiovascular disease and brings our combined message to the widest possible audience."


On the Move: Janet Wright, MD, FACC

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Janet Wright, MD, FACC, is now the (acting) Director of Science and Policy within the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Wright, who has served in staff and member leadership capacities at the ACC, had served as the executive director of the Million Hearts initiative since 2011.

Under her leadership, Million Hearts has brought together a powerful set of partners committed to preventing heart attacks and strokes; spearheaded the development and adoption of important protocols for blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking cessation; and has brought increased awareness and focus to improving participation in cardiac rehabilitation.

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