Heart disease causes nearly 20% of deaths around the world. Unfortunately, the ongoing care people receive after they leave hospital has not kept up with related medical advances.
Our vision is to transform post-discharge secondary prevention and reduce the burden of heart disease by decreasing deaths, hospitalisations and costs via a program of work that integrates data, technology, partnerships and capacity building.
SOLVE-CHD is a 5 year program of work that builds on previous and current efforts. In particular, the work of the Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Measurement Taskforce where there has been national consensus and development of quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation. SOLVE-CHD will see delivery of interlinked service reform and research across 4 key activities.
1. Transformative data & quality
Collection of real-time, consistent jurisdictional and national cardiac rehabilitation data with appropriate governance established. This will ultimately reduce inequity, improve patient outcomes and systems efficiency through performance metrics, benchmarking and quality improvement. These data will be collected real-time and will be linked with electronic medical records
2. New research
Development and investigation of novel interventions that utilise technology within the context of personalised models of care, usefulness, patient reported outcomes and value for money. These should be personalised and tailored according to need, patient preference and level of risk (to ensure treatment optimisation) and could be delivered using digital health. Examples include potential of virtual reality, peer support and telehealth approaches.
3. Capacity building
Identify and cultivate multidisciplinary research capacity, community engagement and future health services researcher leaders. Implement a program of project (small EMCR catalysts & pilot funds) and people support (PhD Scholarships & postdoctoral fellowships) as well as opportunities for travel and exchange between working environments (where possible). These funds will be provided to projects and people answering specific research questions relevant to SOLVE-CHD. Find out more about these projects and our team members via https://solvechd.org.au/
4. National network
We have established a virtual SOLVE-CHD National network to support and unify researchers, clinicians, government, non-government and consumers. This will help facilitate sharing of solutions, building partnerships and provide a conduit for sharing resources. To date, we have over 140 members from more than 50 different institutions across Australia with diverse backgrounds. Join us now via SOLVE website https://solvechd.org.au/join/ and connect us via Twitter @solvechd!