Rehab+ is designed to future-proof cardiac rehabilitation and to make cardiac rehabilitation accessible to more patients in the immediate aftermath of a heart attack. We put patients at the centre — our approach focuses on understanding patients’ needs and pain points in this difficult process. At every step, patients and caregivers have co-created our solution via patient interviews and working sessions, applying a human centered design approach.
We believe in transforming patient care pathways – Our 10-strong consortium of EU organisations including rehabilitation hospitals, payors, professional cardiology societies, a university center for cardiology research and a patient forum, are now working to evaluate the impact of the solution on people’s lives.
Rehab+ addresses a significant gap in cardiac recovery, which has been further exacerbated by the pandemic. The program goals are aligned with three of EIT Health’s focus areas:
Rehab+ is being cocreated with patients and rehabilitation teams. These are the consortium partners:
Program leader: Amgen Europe and Amgen Spain
Technology platform: Liva Healthcare
La Paz university Hospital (Madrid)
Vall d’Hebron Hospital, (Barcelona)
Virgen de la Victoria, (Malaga)
Zuyderland Hospital in Sittard-Geleen (Netherlands)
Servicio Madrileño de Salud, SERMAS
Servicio Andaluz de Salud, SAS
Servicio Català de la Salut, Cat Salut
Evaluation: Maastricht University, Center for Cardiology Research
Rehab+ is endorsed by:
Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC)
Netherlands Society of Cardiology (NVVC)
Foro Español de Pacientes (Spanish Patients Forum)
Strategies to implement prevention programs for post MI patients: Rehab+ solution elements are corroborated by research.
Piepoli MF, Corrà U, Dendale P, et al. Challenges in secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction: A call for action.
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2016;23(18):1994-2006. doi:10.1177/2047487316663873
Differentiating factor coach: proof of efficiency and impact in patient adherence to program and behavioral outcomes
Komkova A, Brandt C, Hansen Pedersen D, Emneus M, Sortsø C Electronic Health Lifestyle Coaching Among Diabetes Patients in a Real-Life Municipality Setting: Observational Study
JMIR Diabetes 2019;4(1):e12140. doi: 10.2196/12140
E-health solutions such as Rehab+ will be more and more present in cardiovascular healthcare and prevention, with increasing importance of cocreation with patients and healthcare professionals
Frederix I, Caiani EG, Dendale P, et al. ESC e-Cardiology Working Group Position Paper: Overcoming challenges in digital health implementation in cardiovascular medicine.
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2019;26(11):1166-1177. doi:10.1177/2047487319832394
Digital tele-rehabilitation is already proven to reduce healthcare and societal costs. It has also shown to be at least as cost efficient as conventional cardiac rehabilitation
Brouwers, R.W.M., van Exel, H.J., van Hal, J.M.C. et al. Cardiac telerehabilitation as an alternative to centre-based cardiac rehabilitation.
Neth Heart J 28, 443–451 (2020).