New remote program aims to reduce hospital admissions for percutaneous coronary intervention patients
UC Davis Health announces the launch of a novel digital care program for patients who have undergone a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). The program leverages the UC-NOW text-messaging platform to provide post-discharge care and Clinii to asynchronously monitor patients’ vitals.
PCI (previously called angioplasty with stent) is a minimally invasive procedure that opens blocked coronary arteries, often by ballooning a narrow segment and inserting a stent to improve blood supply. The time between the procedure and a follow-up office visit could be several weeks. This is a vulnerable period for complications.
“The first 30 days after PCI is the most crucial time. This program is a groundbreaking digital initiative that redefines post-angioplasty care for patients,” said Surabhi Atreja, associate professor of cardiology who is helping to oversee the program. “The heart procedure is just the beginning of a patient's healthy heart journey. By using cutting-edge technology that automates monitoring and education during the critical post-procedure period, we aim to ensure a seamless recovery journey, reduce heart risk factors, and enhance patient well-being.”
Patients enrolled in the program will utilize CliniiMobile Technology. The patients are provided a weight scale, blood pressure kit, and 4g hub that transmits data directly to the clinical team. As patients take their blood pressure or step onto the weight scale, their data will be sent to a dashboard accessed by UC Davis Health clinicians. These providers can then reach out to provide care and guidance when there are changes in vitals.
The heart procedure is just the beginning of a patient's healthy heart journey. By using cutting-edge technology that automates monitoring and education during the critical post-procedure period, we aim to ensure a seamless recovery journey, reduce heart risk factors, and enhance patient well-being.”
“This combination of automated text messaging to guide patients and a proactive monitoring program is set to significantly impact patient care post-PCI. This offers a more personalized, digitally enabled, and responsive health care experience,” said Vimal Mishra, associate chief medical officer at UC Davis Health. “The team’s expertise and innovative approach have been instrumental in shaping a solution that promises to transform patient recovery and set new standards in health care delivery moving care at home.”
The UC Davis Health care team will monitor the data of 200 patients daily and take preventive measures to improve health outcomes and potentially help reduce hospital readmissions.
“We are excited to partner with UC Davis Health for their remote monitoring program. This collaboration with Clinii will enhance patient care, streamline engagement, and significantly improve health outcomes, marking a pivotal step in health care innovation and quality patient-provider interactions,” said Peri Avitan, CEO of Clinii.
The remote monitoring program is supported by the American College of Cardiology and the Rosenfeld Foundation.
About Heart and Vascular Center at UC Davis Health
Based in Sacramento, California, UC Davis Health is home to a nationally ranked medical center, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing. UC Davis Health serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada.
The UC Davis Heart and Vascular Center is a national leader in addressing vascular disease, including peripheral artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes-associated vascular issues. The center's board-certified surgeons, clinicians and researchers offer comprehensive care using a team approach that emphasizes prevention, early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatments. Through state-of-the-art technology and a strong focus on continuity of care, patients receive the best in both technical support and follow-up treatment. Collaborations between the center's experts and UC Davis stem cell investigators are leading to new cellular therapies that generate new arteries and restore blood flow in diseased legs and arms, reducing the need for amputations. For more information, visit health.ucdavis.edu/vascular.
About Innovation Technology Joint Centers of Excellence at UC Davis Health
The Digital Colab is the digital health innovation hub at UC Davis Health that supports the Digital Davis Platform and UCNOW, a multi-faceted digital front door to support omnichannel messaging for patients. Using the principles of open science and innovation, the CoLab team partners with startups, life sciences, and industry to co-ideate, co-develop, co-validate, and co-transform digital health technologies.
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