Cracking the code of cardiac rehab: e-cardiac rehab in the digital world

Nov 10, 2019
Cracking the code of cardiac rehab: e-cardiac rehab in the digital world

Saturday, November 16, 12-1
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Health Innovation Pavilion
Philadelphia Convention Center

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of exercise training, risk factor and behavior modification following a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, bypass surgery or stent. Despite overwhelming evidence that patients that participate in cardiac rehab have significantly better health outcomes. They feel better, stay out of the hospital, have fewer symptoms, and live longer, very few ever participate in a program. And while digital and home based programs are just as safe and effective, most solutions are narrowly focused and have not moved the needle.

Despite improved outcomes of patients that participate in cardiac rehab, referral, participation and completion of cardiac rehab continues to be low. While the digital age has the potential to address some of the biggest barriers to cardiac rehab, nobody has cracked the code. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing an e-cardiac rehab program.

This panel will be led by Dr. Nancy Albert from the Cleveland Clinic. Nancy will be joined by Steve Keteyian from Henry Ford Health System, Randy Thomas from the Mayo Clinic, Domenico Cianflone from San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, and Bob Gold from Gomo Health.

NANCY M. ALBERT PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation- Nursing Institute; Cleveland Clinic Health System
and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaufman Center for Heart Failure- Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus.

As Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides research and innovation services throughout Cleveland Clinic, a multicenter system. She conducts her own program of research and mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice. Her heart failure programs of research have two themes: (1) understanding bio-behavioral issues that impact self-care adherence and clinical outcomes and (2) improving conformity to recommended care advocated in national guidelines. Nancy is also an external consultant and educator to nurses and healthcare teams wishing to promote evidence-based nursing practices, nursing research and innovative thinking.

Dr. Albert also serves as a clinical nurse specialist in advanced heart failure within an ambulatory heart failure clinic on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH. She is a clinical educator and consultant to graduate students and hospital and ambulatory nurses regarding heart failure, cardiac or intensive care topics. She is widely published with over 320 peer-reviewed publications in medical and nursing journals, over 15 book chapters and she is editor of a 2016 book titled: Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program. Dr. Albert presents regionally, nationally and internationally and is actively involved on steering committees, work groups and task forces of many healthcare organizations that are focused on improving quality of care and clinical outcomes of patients with heart failure or cardiovascular diseases.

Nancy received the Nursing Leadership Award by the Heart Failure Society of America in September 2018, Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-care Nurses in May 2013; Healthcare Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association in June 2015 and she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.

Steve Keteyian, PhD

Steven J. Keteyian is Director, Preventive Cardiology Unit, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is also a Professor, in the Department of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Keteyian completed his doctoral studies at Wayne State University.

In addition to his patient care responsibilities Dr. Keteyian is actively involved in NIH-funded clinical research, focusing on the role of exercise cardiac rehabilitation in patients with cardiovascular diseases, with an emphasis on patients with chronic heart failure. He is a member of the American Heart Association and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association, and a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Randall Thomas, MD


Dr. Thomas is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the Mayo Clinic. He is currently the immediate past chair of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology, a member of the ACC/AHA Performance Measures Task Force, and past president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He was chair of the 2019 AACVPR/ACC/AHA Scientific Statement on Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation and the chair of the 2018 AACVPR/ACC/AHA Cardiac Rehabilitation Performance Measures.

Domenico Cianflone, MD

Dr. Cianflone is the Director of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and prevention at San Raffaele University and Hospital in Milano, Italy. He is also an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at San Raffaele University – Milano, and coordinator of several public (EU-Commission; Eur.Space Agengy; Italian Ministry of Health) projects in the Health IT/telemedicine/e-health space) and is the Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Cardiology (Elsevier). He is a former Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, a founding member of the Health On the Net Foundation HON (Geneva, 1996), and a member of the Committee for Databases and Telematic Technologies of the ESC, a member of the Joint ESC, AHA, and ACC Taskforce for Global Internet/www Resources and the NIH Task Force for new information technologies.

Bob Gold, Behavioral Technologist and Founder GoMo Health

Bob Gold is one of the world’s leading behavioral technologists with more than 25 years applied research and development in the behavioral and cognitive science of human motivation, activation, and resiliency. Bob’s specialty is developing integrated psychosocial and physical remote health care plans for precision health management and care coordination for chronic and complex conditions including cardiovascular, cancer, and diabetes that have achieved the Quadruple Aim of healthcare.