American College of Cardiology and Heka Health Partner on CardioSmart Initiative at 65th Annual ACC Scientific Session & Expo
April 8, 2016 - The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has partnered with Heka Health, a Silicon Valley based health technology company, to demonstrate the power of integrating health sensors, mobile-cloud applications, and clinically validated protocols to enable patients and healthcare professionals to work together to prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.
Evidence showing clinical outcomes can be improved through patient awareness, education, and engagement is at the heart of the CardioSmart program as well as Heka Health’s suite of connected health solutions. The shared vision to provide healthcare professionals with tools to empower their patients to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease unites the ACC and Heka Health in their efforts to effectively drive improved health outcomes.
“CardioSmart was created to be an extension of the cardiac care team, with tools and resources to educate and empower patients at each stage of their heart health journey,” noted Michael Hargrett, Senior Director, Business Operations at American College of Cardiology. “We are excited to be partnering with Heka Health to further extend CardioSmart through innovative technology-enabled solutions.”
The partnership’s initial program, the CardioSmart Walking Challenge, was featured at the ACC 2016 Scientific Session & Expo’s Patient Engagement Pavilion. Challenge participants experienced first-hand the engaging and fun CardioSmart solution and explored how to optimally implement the program in their own communities. Challenge participants logged nearly 1 million steps during the course of the conference.
“Our mission is to more efficiently connect individuals with the people and resources that can collectively support their overall well being,” said Tony Salah, CEO of Heka Health. “As heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US, we are extremely excited to partner with the ACC on their CardioSmart initiative.”
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.