The Heart Rhythm Society and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. award $500,000 in grants to support quality improvement innovation in atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention

Panel at Heart Rhythm 2016 in San Francisco selects Mark H. Eckman, MD, University of Cincinnati, and Steven A. Lubitz, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, for research aimed at improving patient outcomes

May 06, 2016

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Cindy Rahman
BRG Communications
Ken Demith
Heart Rhythm Society

SAN FRANCISCO, May 6, 2016 – The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , announced today that Mark H. Eckman, MD, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, and Steven A. Lubitz, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, were awarded the Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Quality Improvement (QI) Innovation Grant . The grant support will help innovation and advancement in atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention through research aimed at addressing National QI priorities. Dr. Eckman won for his proposal on Shared Decision-Making Tool for Thromboprophylaxis in Atrial Fibrillation and Dr. Lubitz won for his proposal on Automated Physician Notifications to Improve Guideline-Based Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation. They presented to an expert panel during Heart Rhythm 2016 , the Heart Rhythm Society’s 37th Annual Scientific Sessions. 

Through this effort, Drs. Eckman and Lubitzwill collectively receive $500,000in grantsbased on the submitted proposals that outline how they will affect the behaviors and performance of patients, providers and/or systems that, when combined with existing standards and practical approaches to care, may enhance patient outcomes. For details on the winners and their proposals, visit

“The applications were very innovative and the level of quality was truly impressive. It was inspiring to see such novel ideas and approaches that have the ability to advance the electrophysiology field,” said John Day, MD, FHRS, president of the Heart Rhythm Society. “At next year’s annual meeting, we will welcome back Drs. Eckman and Lubitz to share the outcomes of their grant awards and how they have used the grants to help evolve the ways we work to prevent atrial fibrillation and stroke and, ultimately, improve overall patient care.” 

HRS members served as the decision-making panelists. The initial review of applications took place April 19-26, 2016. Thirty-five applications were received and six finalists presented their proposals to the expert panel from 4:30-6:30 p.m. PDT on May 5 in San Francisco during Heart Rhythm 2016. Drs. Eckman and Lubitz will present their outcomes at Heart Rhythm 2017, taking place in Chicago in May 2017.

“Collaborating with the scientific community is a priority for us in improving patient outcomes,” said Azhar Ahmad, executive director, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “We welcome the opportunity to support these researchers in advancing our understanding of atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention.”  

About the Heart Rhythm Society

The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education, and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education, and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 6,000 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 142 affiliates and a total of more than 47,400 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. In 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.1 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.5% of its net sales.