CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Atrium Health Foundation will use a $1.1 million grant from The Duke Endowment to establish the “Perfect Care: Personalized Cardiac Care and Collaborative,” with a focus on engaging cardiac patients and their families through remote monitoring.
“We are the first health system in the country to implement this patient-centered monitoring approach with a multi-institutional learning collaborative for cardiac services,” said Dr. Kevin Lobdell, director of regional cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery quality, education and research at Atrium Health, in a statement.
The initiative, which will be piloted at Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, seeks to address the specific actions or activities that must occur at each phase of a cardiac patient’s care following surgery. It integrates newer technologies such as wearable passive monitors to assist in achieving high-quality outcomes. The program will emphasize post-acute care to those with limited social support and financial resources by bringing health care directly to patients outside of hospital walls.
In year one, the program will launch at Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville and Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast, with the intent to expand to three other major Atrium facilities over the next two years.
As the initiative expands, Perfect Care aims to develop a collaborative for health care teams around the Carolinas to learn together and continuously improve the quality, safety and value of cardiac care. Teams will develop new patient reported outcomes and continuously improve the PROs, as well as mortality and morbidity rates.
“Once developed, this approach could serve as the standard for the peri-procedural home both within Atrium Health’s 40-plus hospitals and for other health systems across the country,” said Dr. Lobdell.