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"This is a fun challenge and a good way to stay in touch with friends and family across the country. I had knee replacement surgery on January 25 so my step count was way down this year. Normally this challenge is a great incentive for me to be out walking in even the worst of winter weather in order to not let my team down. Thanks to the APHA! - AKKaren
American College of Cardiology and Heka Health partner on CardioSmart Initiative at 65th Annual ACC Scientific Session & Expo
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.
American Thoracic Society partners with Heka Health to Power Its First Annual Walking Challenge at the ATS 2016 International Conference
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is partnering with Heka Health, a Silicon Valley based health technology company, to hold its first annual ATS Walking Challenge at the 2016 ATS International Conference, San Francisco, May 13-18. The ATS Walking Challenge, supported by Teva Respiratory, promotes healthy behaviors and encourages healthcare professionals to “walk the talk”, all in a fun and engaging manner. Additionally, participants in the Walking Challenge will be helping raise money for the ATS Foundation, which funds research, education, and training to prevent, treat, and cure respiratory diseases worldwide.
Americans are spending more time seated than ever, and researchers say that sedentary lifestyles are creating a health crisis. In a recent Los Angeles Times interview, Dr. James Levine, Director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative (and inventor of the treadmill desk) summed up his findings in two sentences: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.
”Evidence showing clinical outcomes can be improved through patient awareness, education, and engagement is at the heart of the ATS’s mission 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 chronic disease unites the ATS and Heka Health in their efforts to effectively drive improved health outcomes.
ATS Walks the Talk
The ATS Walking Challenge will foster friendly competition among attendees while also helping instill the benefits of walking on a consistent basis, all while walking for a good cause.
For each participant who logs 30,000 steps through the course of the challenge, Teva Respiratory will donate $100 to the ATS Foundation to fund research grants, up to $50,000.
As part of the ATS Walking Challenge, meeting attendees can either use a custom, ATS-branded activity tracker or their own fitness tracking device to compete against other meeting attendees - both as individuals and as members of assembly groups. A customized mobile app will provide steppers with real-time information on their steps during the event and leaderboards will highlight top steppers as the event unfolds.
“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. “This partnership with the ATS and Teva Respiratory embodies our mission to align incentives across the siloed healthcare system with the ultimate goal of encouraging healthy behaviors and supporting improved health outcomes for all.”
About the American Thoracic Society
Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society’s 15,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The ATS publishes three journals, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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