Cardiac Rehabilitation Solution

Care4today® in the Real World:

Heart Health Solution


Redesigning cardiac rehabilitation programs with a goal to improve patient participation and reduce preventable re-admissions

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death globally, but the right proactive care following a cardiac episode can reduce the risk of future events and improve patients' quality of life. Through the Care4Today Cardiac Rehabilitation Solution, both healthcare providers and patients are given tools to help maximize the effectiveness of rehabilitation and reduce unplanned readmission rates.

Effective cardiac rehabilitation can support patients to live fulfilling, healthy lives.
The program connects patients with information they need to make the right decisions.

The Challenge


Treating and managing cardiovascular disease has a significant financial impact on healthcare systems. For patients who have had a cardiac event, rehabilitation empowers them to make the necessary lifestyle changes, and can also reduce hospital unplanned readmission by 56 percent1. Unfortunately, fewer than half of cardiac patients enroll in such programs, and an even lower percentage complete cardiac rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehabilitation can help reduce future risk of heart problems.
 

The Solution


The Care4Today Cardiac Rehabilitation solution was developed in collaboration with healthcare providers and hospitals delivering cardiac care. The solution is:

  • An online platform to support healthcare providers to help efficiently enroll and manage patients along their care pathway.
  • Engaging educational content, including a customized exercise program and an online tools personalized by the provider for patients.
  • Project management expertise to support transition to the recommended patient pathway

The Impact*


Overall the Care4Today Cardiac Rehabilitation Solution enhances the efficiency of care, improves the patient experience and improves patient outcomes as illustrated below. Recently published data of the on-site implementation at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust showed2:

The program has been designed to shorten patient enrollment time, improve participation, and improve efficiency.

Increased participation


Increased patient participation rates in cardiac rehabilitation from 53% to 82%

The program has been designed to shorten patient enrollment time, improve participation, and improve efficiency.

Increased interaction


Increased healthcare professional interaction time with patients and less time dealing with administration

The program has been designed to shorten patient enrollment time, improve participation, and improve efficiency.

Reduced enrollment time


Reduced hospital discharge to starting cardiac rehabilitation by 15 days

References

  • 1. The British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR). Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation 2012. Standards and Core Components 2012 (2nd Edition)
  • 2. McCartan et al, 2014, poster presented at the BACPR conference, 2014: 2-3 Oct: Derry, Ireland.

 

*Local evaluation (not a formal trial). Results and potential benefits should be considered in context of implementation. Assessments of program impact and causative elements are not conclusive and may be overestimated. For a full discussion please see reference.