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ACC Participates in Growth of Intelligent Health Monitoring Platform

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Myia Labs Inc., recently announced it has secured seed funding to accelerate development of its intelligent health monitoring platform. The ACC is collaborating on the platform as part of its Innovation efforts. Designed for both clinicians and their patients, Myia's technology ingests biometric patient data from curated sensors, transforming it through applied machine intelligence (AI) into actionable and objective clinical insights.

By harnessing the power of human data, the platform augments what clinicians can see from the real-world, equipping them with precise information to optimize care and stage preventative interventions. For patients with chronic and postoperative conditions, like heart failure, Myia helps to avoid emergency hospital visits and sets a new bar on quality of life for those who are aging or homebound. Read More >>>

"We've had streams of real-world health data for years, but only now with the advances of machine learning and AI techniques can we start turning this data into trustworthy, actionable clinical insights, and scale preventative virtual care in an unprecedented way," says Myia CEO Simon MacGibbon.

"Many of these biometric markers of patient health status have been established in academic settings but have not been accessible and translated for practical use. We're excited to be partnering with leaders in the medical profession to bring real-world insight into the clinic. At the same time, patients, regardless of their means or confidence in technology, become more empowered and less anxious knowing that their care team is kept up-to-date."

"Through our collaboration with Myia, we are developing tools for clinical teams to monitor and improve their patients' health status," says John Rumsfeld, MD, FACC, ACC's chief innovation officer. "Myia is taking a 'co-creation' approach with patients and clinicians that fits the ACC's vision for health care innovation, where technology is used to optimize high-quality, patient-centered care."

Learn more about ACC's Innovation efforts and be part of the College's Health Care Innovation Section at In addition, don't miss special topic sessions at ACC.19 in New Orleans in March that focus on evaluating disruptive technology in a value-based world and the potential of AI in cardiovascular care.

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ACC Seeking Editors-in-Chief For Two New JACC Journals

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The ACC is seeking applications for editors-in-chief of two new, online, open-access JACC Journals launching in 2019 – JACC: Case Reports and JACC: CardioOncology. The new JACC: Case Reports will serve as a publication vehicle for early career cardiologists and members of the cardiovascular care team, and as a forum for mentorship on the review and publication process. JACC: CardioOncology will focus on original articles related to basic, clinical and translational investigation in this rapidly growing field.

Each editor-in-chief will serve a five-year term, starting in March 2019. Interested individuals should hold a current academic appointment in cardiovascular medicine (or cardio-oncology) with strong evidence of scholarly pursuits, as well as demonstrated ability in administration and leadership. Understanding of the open access publishing model, as well as use and appreciation of possibilities of new media, digital and electronic publication, and social media are also vital.

Applications are due by Jan. 15, 2019. Read more about the new journal and how to apply on Read More >>>

Hospitals Opt-In to Reduce the Risk: PCI Bleed

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Nearly 150 hospitals, including one in Sao Paulo, Brazil, have opted-in to take part in ACC's new Reduce the Risk: PCI Bleed quality campaign. The program is focused on minimizing PCI-associated bleeding risks and saving patient lives through widespread adoption of evidence-based best practices.

The free program, which is open to all hospitals in the CathPCI Registry, encourages early adopters of the program to take part in a self-assessment that leverages benchmarking data and aims to help identify opportunities for improvement. From there, participants can take advantage of program-specific tools and resources to target their improvement area(s).

Additionally, U.S. physicians and advanced practice practitioners associated with hospitals and health systems participating in the program have opportunities to help fulfill Improvement Activity requirements under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

With the addition of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, the Reduce the Risk: PCI Bleed campaign has officially broadened its reach internationally with the goal of helping hospitals and cardiovascular professionals take advantage of key strategies to close gaps in guideline-recommended care. Learn more at:

Childhood Intervention Key to Lifelong Heart Health

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Evolving evidence shows that heart healthy habits in adults are rooted in the environments we live in during early childhood. This represents a window of opportunity in young children to focus on health promotion and potentially prevent disease in adulthood, according to a review paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Senior author Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, also discussed related findings on Dec. 9 as part of a "Future of Health Education Session" at ACC's annual New York Cardiovascular Symposium.

"Because of the unique plasticity of the human brain during childhood, this period represents a window of opportunity to instill lifelong lasting healthy habits, therefore preventing future development of cardiovascular disease," Fuster said. "By educating on health promotion early in life, we may also have the potential to reduce the burden of other disease as well." Read More >>>

Modifiable risk factors in children and adolescents can include smoking, obesity, physical activity and unhealthy diet, as well as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood glucose. Research has shown that less than 1 percent of children have ideal dietary habits and only about 50 percent of adolescents get the guideline recommended amount of physical activity.

However, research has also shown that children with unhealthy habits who adopt healthy habits before adulthood have similar health outcomes with those who were never unhealthy.

According to researchers, to effectively change the health habits of children, a multicomponent educational approach that involves their family and their teachers is needed. In the review, several strategies for school-based initiatives, family- and community-based interventions, and legislation and public policy initiatives are discussed.

"The integration of school-, family- and community-based approaches, along with a wide support across multiple sectors through the implementation of public policies, are likely necessary for the success of health promotion programs in children," Fuster said. "However, long-term and large-scale research studies need to establish their effectiveness in reducing cardiovascular risk factors and disease later in life."

In addition to focused sessions on prevention, the New York Cardiovascular Symposium featured expert presentations on thought-provoking topics including the year's ground-breaking scientific advances, their clinical practice applications and how the future of cardiovascular medicine will improve patient care.

Topics included: trends and challenges in acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery disease and heart failure; new technologies, approaches and guidelines; and the future of medicine.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Global CV Journal?

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A recent Leadership Page by Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and William J. Oetgen, MD, FACC, answers the question of what it means to be a global cardiovascular journal. "Any journal can claim a "global" presence," they write. "However, we believe that we have an obligation to interact and engage with our global cardiovascular colleagues to ensure we are best serving their needs."

The commentary highlights the many ways JACC is working to achieve this goal, including bringing on a team of eight international advisors from Asia, South America and Europe; the launch of three translated editions of JACC in Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese on a bimonthly basis; and the most relatively recent addition of activities providing ongoing Continuing Medical Education, Maintenance of Certification and European Continuing Medical Education credits to readers.

"The JACC journals and the ACC take the responsibility to provide lifelong learning for members quite seriously," write Fuster and Oetgen. "Finding new, innovative ways to leverage technology and ensure cardiovascular professionals have the information and educational resources necessary to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health are what is expected and are what will be delivered."

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