CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Atrium Health Foundation will use a $1.1 million grant from The Duke Endowment to leverage remote monitoring and other telehealth technologies to improve cardiac care at Atrium Health.
The grant will fund the Perfect Care: Personalized Cardiac Care and Collaborative, an initiative that Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute plans to pilot in six hospitals within its network.
The initiative aims to improve patient access and education, as well as eliminate disparities in follow-up cardiac care after surgery, said Dr. Kevin Lobdell, director of regional cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery quality, education and research at Atrium Health, previously the Carolinas Healthcare System.
“This will be the first of its kind in the nation focused on engaging patients and their families through remote monitoring,” he said.
The Perfect Care initiative recognizes there are gaps in care around procedures—from evaluating patients before, during and after a hospital stay. It will expand and connect Atrium Health’s existing telehealth capabilities, including the My Carolinas Tracker app, as well as address the specific actions or activities that need to happen at each phase of a cardiac patient’s care, integrating technologies like wearable monitors, Lobdell said.
“Through Perfect Care, we’ll use existing technology to fill those gaps,” he said.
Perfect Care will emphasize post-acute care, as care teams will work to break down the barriers to care for those with limited social support and financial resources, Lobdell said.
“We’ll bring health care to them rather than the other way around,” he said.
In year one, Perfect Care 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. Program leaders estimate that close to 10,000 patients could be impacted.
As the initiative expands, Perfect Care will develop a collaborative organization for health care teams around the Carolinas to share information and best practices.