Digital Health

Digital Health

Current HRS Digital Health Initiatives

In 2019, HRS established a Digital Health Working Group and launched the Scientific Sessions Digital Health Summit to begin discussing and assessing digital health opportunities and challenges. These activities lead to the publishing of an official HRS whitepaper, Transparent Sharing of Digital Health Data: A Call To Action, and expanded initiatives for 2020, including a permanent Digital Health Committee, a new Digital Health Journal in Cardiology, a new Imagineer Tech Showcase at the #HRS2020 Digital Health Summit, and more.

The time is now. The integration of digital technologies in the management of our patients with arrhythmia disorders is advancing rapidly. Heart Rhythm Society is uniquely positioned to lead the discussion, collaboration and ideation around the adoption of technology, data and improved accessibility. Our goal in convening is to identify how best to leverage recent digital innovations to improve outcomes for chronic arrhythmia patients.
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD, FHRS

Meet the 2019-2020 Digital Health Committee 

The Heart Rhythm Society Digital Health Committee works to provide guidance, recommendations, and resources to Society members about safely sharing and exchanging data with patients obtained from personal health records, cardiovascular implantable and remote monitoring devices, and continuous, personal biometric monitoring (e.g. consumer wearable technology).

Digital Health Committee Members

First Row: Nassir F. Marrouche, MD, FHRS, Committee Chair; Mintu Turakhia, MD, MPH, FHRS, Committee Vice-Chair; Emma Svennberg, MD; Gerhard Hindricks, MD; Diane M. Eckert-Czaplicki, BSN, CCRN, RN; Nazem Akoum, MD, MS, FHRS; David D McManus, MD, FHRS

Second Row: George Stuart Mendenhall, MD, FHRS; Sana M. Al-Khatib, MD, MHS, FHRS, CCDS; Nicholas S. Peters, FHRS; Elizabeth E. Davenport, BA; Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH, FHRS;  Elaine Wan, MD, FHRS; Hamid Ghanbari, MD; Zachi Itzhak Attia, MSEE

NEW! Journal of Digital Health in Cardiology (working title)

HRS is pleased to announce a new journal focused on digital health in the field of Cardiology. The Journal of Digital Health in Cardiology (working title) is a new peer-reviewed, Gold Open Access journal that will be published bi-monthly starting in late 2020. View the draft Aims and Scope.

Call for Applications: Editor-in-Chief
Applications and nominations for the role of Editor-in-Chief are now being accepted until Monday, December 2, 2019. Submissions and questions should be emailed to digitalhealth@hrsonline.org. For more information please view the application instructions.

Call for Manuscripts
Submission site will open January 2020.

Journal of Digital Health in Cardiology (working title)

Digital Health at #HRS2020

#HRS2020Imagineer Tech Showcase
Present your digital health tech or best practice at the #HRS2020 Imagineer Tech Showcase. Submit a 15-minute proposed session for consideration. Submissions due Monday, December 2, 2019. Learn more and apply today at www.hrssessions.org/imagineer.

#HRS2020 Digital Health Summit
The summit will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the San Diego Convention Center and during the #HRS2020 Scientific Sessions. Visit www.hrssessions.org for program details, registration and updates.

New! Abstract Category for Digital Health
The #HRS2020 Program Committee has announced a new digital health category for abstracts and will be accepting submissions from October 23 – December 9, 2019. Visit www.hrssessions.org for more information.

#HRS2020 Imagineer Tech Showcase

Present your digital health tech or best practice at the #HRS2020 Imagineer Tech Showcase. Submit a 15-minute proposed session for consideration. Submissions due Monday, December 2, 2019. Learn more and apply today!

Transparent Sharing of Digital Health Data: A Call to Action

Digital Health WhitepaperPublished May 8, 2019

Heart rhythm care professionals and patients routinely depend upon digital health data obtained by cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CEIDs), medical-grade ambulatory cardiac monitors, and most recently, consumer personal biometric monitoring devices. However, the data typically resides either exclusively with the healthcare team or, in the case of consumer devices, with the patient. 

If all stakeholders provide effective leadership and engage proactively and collaboratively with each other, we will take the small but significant first steps toward advancing the Heart Rhythm Society vision to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders.

Digital Health White Paper

In May 2019, Transparent Sharing of Digital Health Data was published in the Heart Rhythm Journal, outlining the opportunities and challenges within the digital health landscape.

#HRS2019 Digital Health Summit Recap

#HRS2019 Digital Health SummitIn 2019, the Heart Rhythm Society celebrated its 40th Anniversary and reflected back on the first 40 Annual Scientific Sessions. However, the Society also looked to the future as #HRS2019 served as the venue for the inaugural HRS Digital Health Summit.

Technology and medicine are colliding with an explosion of new advancements in monitoring, diagnosis and disease management. As digital health technologies become more popular and readily available to the general public, we are presented with new opportunities and challenges. How do we address growing awareness and rising levels of expectations held by patients regarding secure access to health care data? 

At #HRS2019 Digital Health Sessions, experts and pioneers leading the way in the field of digital health tech provided guidance, recommendations, and clarity about the safe exchange of data and the navigation of patient-generated data from consumer wearables, apps and other tech. Patients weighed in with their perspectives, while tech giants discussed how innovations in digital health are creating a new paradigm in patient diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.

#HRS2019 Digital Health Summit

The entire #HRS2019 Digital Health Summit was captured and is accessible on HeartRhythm365.org, the Society's new learning platform.  

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