A pioneering partnership aims to redesign preventive care around America’s leading cause of death. The iHeart Champion program, developed by Brigham Health’s Cardiovascular Medicine Innovation Group and launched by AllWays Health Partners, reduces the risk factors for heart disease by lowering blood pressure and managing cholesterol through technology-enabled precision intervention among high-risk patients.
Using customized algorithms to scan electronic medical records and identify high-risk patients, the program, which is also supported by Partners Population Health, engages digital tools and trained navigators to increase coordination between patients and their care teams. The goal is to remove barriers to compliance with treatment plans, including medication or lifestyle changes, by enhancing patient/provider communication.
Remote interventions to manage changes in medication doses, for example, can improve patients’ responses and reduce side effects, while eliminating the need for office visits for medication maintenance. This allows more patients to access medications with a proven track record of preventing heart attacks and strokes.
The iHeart Champion program shows how innovation can fundamentally reshape health care delivery.Calum MacRae, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“This program is a great example of the opportunities that exist for improving health outcomes when AllWays Health Partners and Partners HealthCare combine their resources to develop industry-leading innovations on behalf of our shared members and patients,” says Tony Dodek, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AllWays Health Partners.
“The iHeart Champion program shows how innovation can fundamentally reshape health care delivery by catching a condition early in its development and giving patients the best odds at effectively managing their treatment,” continues Calum MacRae, MD, Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The program saw positive results for its pilot patients, with those participating reporting a 40 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol levels in as little as 12 weeks. Patients can be referred directly to the iHeart Champion program by their primary care physician.