The CVRM Project is a digital health service that brings cardiovascular risk management (CVRM) to people’s homes. By using a dashboard and an app, the GP can monitor patients from a distance continuously and intervene when needed.
The patient is more involved in his or her treatment and doesn't have to visit the clinic as often. In this project, ahti works together with digital experts, researchers, cardiologists and general practitioners.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally. The leading cause of CVD is elevated blood pressure or hypertension (HTN). Worldwide there are at least 1,1 billion people who suffer from HTN.
In the Netherlands, approximately 1 million people are dealing with CVD. In 26,5% of deaths, CVD is the leading cause. About 3 million people have an elevated blood pressure and therefore a higher risk to develop CVD.
The current model of clinic based care is ineffective and too costly to sustain. Even in high income countries, there are not enough doctors for the increasing number of people who need hypertension care. This applies to the first line as well as the second line.
Despite the fact that behavioral changes and drug treatment can greatly reduce the risk of CVD, HTN control is still poor. There is an urgent need for cheaper and more effective solutions that allow rapid scale up of hypertension care to reach everybody in need.
The purpose of the project
The aim of the CVRM project is twofold:
- Making self-management at home possible
- Supporting general practitioners with diagnoses and follow-up
1. Making self-management at home possible
We are developing and testing a home-based health service for measuring, monitoring and treating hypertension. We do this by using a mobile phone app for patients that interacts with a web-based dashboard for healthcare providers who can act upon it and treatment, if and when needed.
Since behavior is a major driver of health outcomes in chronic conditions, behavioral psychologists have been involved in co-designing the model. As a result, expensive, clinic based care will be transformed into a more efficient, home-based, patient-centered way of working.
2. Supporting GPs with diagnose and follow-up
We are also developing an algorithm for GPs. This algorithm is based on existing guidelines and will be a digital tool that helps GPs to diagnose the patient en develop get a personalized treatment plan.
What is ahti’s role
Ahti initiated the project and brought together experts in the field of healthtech, clinical care, CVRM and behavioral science together through her extensive network of health and care professionals. In this collaboration, we act as the project manager to drive the development of this CVRM service.
Name: CVRM Program
- Academic/ clinical: Amsterdam UMC, location AMC
- Private: M2mobi Mobile Agency, Cardiologie Centra Nederland
- Clinical: Amsterdam UMC (location AMC), ROHA
Funded by: ahti, Zilveren Kruis, Health Holland/Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH)
For more information: Rachel van Beem, Senior Project Team Leader