ACC and Heartbeat Health Revolutionize Cardiology With Breakthrough Virtual Care

ACC and Heartbeat Health, the first telemedicine and virtual care platform built by cardiologists for cardiologists, are joining forces to transform telehealth into comprehensive virtual care by ensuring cardiology practices around the world can incorporate clinical data into virtual patient communications to make real-time, informed clinical care decisions.

"To truly transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, we must incorporate data, remote patient monitoring and outcome tracking in an easy to use format both the patient and the physician can use to inform shared decision-making," said ACC Chief Innovation and Science and Quality Officer John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC. "Wearable health monitoring devices have evolved rapidly over the last five to 10 years and are now widely available; COVID-19 is a catalyst to push remote patient monitoring into the virtual care workflow."

"The world is quickly moving away from how medicine was practiced 30 years ago. As we integrate technology and virtual care in every aspect of our patient's heart health, we must also protect the integrity of cardiac care," added Heartbeat Health CEO Jeffrey D. Wessler, MD, MPhil, FACC. "The ACC guides best practices and has taken a forward-looking interest in digital transformation. There could not be a more appropriate group to set guidelines and help bring our innovative solution into the hands of those practicing cardiology across the country today."

Heartbeat Health offers a virtual cardiovascular management solution where the smartphone is at the core. By combining health risk assessment and device data with a robust telehealth platform, Heartbeat Health more completely connects patients to their clinicians. The results: a tailored treatment plan for patients across all stages of heart and vascular disease and sites of service including the hospital, skilled nursing, cardiac rehabilitation and the home.

Using this platform, ACC and Heartbeat Health are collaborating to deliver a mobile-first, evidence-based platform that uses patient devices and wearables for seamless patient and provider co-engagement.

Through the Heartbeat Health platform, wireless monitoring devices can stream key metrics in real-time to cloud-based artificial intelligence engines that flag potential health risks, like blood pressure changes or volume status in heart failure, so clinicians can intervene with patients via HIPAA-compliant two-way video before conditions worsen.

"Cardiologists in solo, group, and system practices will be leaders in making health care far more convenient, cost-effective and outcomes-driven," Wessler said. "We're thrilled to be working with the College, with their 71-year history of continuously transforming the management of cardiovascular disease, to set a new standard for telehealth and specialized virtual care."

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, Coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, COVID-19, Cardiac Rehabilitation


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