To bridge the gap between digital health technologies and clinical practice through research and education by assessing these technologies and wearable devices, providing guidance to patients and health care providers and the community at large.
Ninety percent of Americans are connected to the internet, and 77% of them own a smartphone. These trends have laid the foundation for a digital health revolution to transform healthcare delivery, especially in cardiovascular care. Cardiovascular digital technology products include wearable and/or portable devices and apps used to monitor cardiovascular measurements.
Of issue is a substantial gap between technology advancements and changing behavior, and the expansion of digital health has not been matched by proper testing or oversight. Additionally, this unprecedented acceleration in technology raises the question of our patients’ ability to adapt to these constantly evolving tools used in their daily care. Most importantly, there is an urgent need to understand if these products can change outcomes, rather than simply record data.
The objectives of the HVI Center for Digital Health Technologies are to:
- Explore and evaluate cardiovascular digital technology products, including wearable devices, smart phone-enabled devices and apps
- Assess patient adoption of new technology
- Measure acceptance and outcomes of cardiovascular digital technology
- Determine the impact of digital technology on healthcare providers, including changes in clinical care, workflow and the ability to keep up with the pace of technology advancements
- Provide guidance regarding use of devices for patients, healthcare providers and the healthcare system in general
The HVI Center for Digital Health Technologies will connect technology and innovation with testing and research and, most importantly, the clinical experts and patients to improve patient care, safety and experience in the future.
The HVI Center for Digital Health Technologies includes a multidisciplinary team of medical experts who are committed to enhancing digital health in a variety of cardiovascular settings.
Director: Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH – Electrophysiology and Pacing
- Peter Aziz, MD - Pediatric Cardiology
- Haitham Ahmed, MD - Preventive Cardiology
- Douglas Johnston, MD - Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Eiran Z. Gorodeski, MD, MPH - Heart Failure
- Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD - Director of Sports Cardiology Center; Cardiovascular Imaging
- Michael Zhen-Yu Tong, MD - Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Tim Sobol, MS, PMP, Information Technology
- Betsy Stovsky, RN, MSN, Heart & Vascular Institute Website and Resource & Information Center
Additional experts from a variety of Cleveland Clinic resources including informatics and technology, research and legal departments assist in the evaluation and application of products, providing an atmosphere of innovation and collaboration.
Research & Publications
- Using a novel wireless system for monitoring patients after the atrial fibrillation ablation procedure: the iTransmit study
Tarakji KG, Wazni OM, Callahan T, Kanj M, Hakim AH, Wolski K, Wilkoff BL, Saliba W, Lindsay BD
Heart Rhythm. 2015 Mar;12(3):554-559. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2014.11.015. Epub 2014 Nov 18.
- Home monitoring of heart failure patients at risk for hospital readmission using a novel under-the-mattress piezoelectric sensor: A preliminary single centre experience.
Bennett MK, Shao M, Gorodeski EZ.
J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan;23(1):60-67. doi: 10.1177/1357633X15618810. Epub 2016 Jul 9
- Variable Accuracy of Wearable Heart Rate Monitors during Aerobic Exercise.
Gillinov S, Etiwy M, Wang R, Blackburn G, Phelan D, Gillinov AM, Houghtaling P, Javdikasgari H, Desai MY.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 Aug;49(8):1697-1703. doi: 10.1249
- Accuracy of Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Monitors.
Wang R, Blackburn G, Desai M, Phelan D, Gillinov L, Houghtaling P, Gillinov M.
JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Jan 1;2(1):104-106. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2016.3340.
- Smartwatch Algorithm for Automated Detection of Atrial Fibrillation.
Bumgarner JM, Lambert CT, Hussein AA, Cantillon DJ, Baranowski B, Wolski K, Lindsay BD, Wazni OM, Tarakji KG.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 May 29;71(21):2381-2388. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.03.003. Epub 2018 Mar 10
- Assessing the Accuracy of an Automated Atrial Fibrillation Detection Algorithm Using Novel Smartphone Technology (iREAD STUDY).
Amila D. William MD, Majd Kanbour MD, Thomas Callahan MD, Mandeep Bhargava MD, Ayman Hussein MD, Niraj Varma MD, John Rickard MD, Walid Saliba MD, Kathy Wolski MPH, Oussama M. Wazni MD, Khaldoun G. Tarakji MD MPH.
Heart Rhythm. 2018 Aug 16. pii: S1547-5271(18)30661-1. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2018.06.037.
- Success of pacemaker remote monitoring using app based technology: does patient age matter?
Tarakji KG, Vives CA, Patel AS, Fagan DH, Sims JJ, Varma N.
Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 Jul 28. doi: 10.1111/pace.13461. [Epub ahead of print]
- Wearable Health Monitors: Do They Work? Deborah Gage, Wall Street Journal, 9/16/2018
- Smartwatch Device Accurately Detects A-fib Before Cardioversion, Neale T, tctMD, 3/2/2018
- Freed From the iPhone, the Apple Watch Finds a Medical Purpose – Wakabayashi D, The New York Times, 2017-Dec-26
- FDA Clears AliveCor's Apple Watch ECG Device – Kincaid E. Forbes. 2017-Nov-30
- The Apple Watch Is the Most Accurate Wrist Wearable – Oaklander M. Time. 2016-Oct-12
- AliveCor studies show value for atrial fibrillation screening, von Portz, G, iMedicalApps, Medpage Today, 9/12/2017
- Mobile EKG monitor looks to help atrial fibrillation patients, Gorman, A, ABC-WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, PA, 5/1/2017
- You Can Monitor Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone, But Should You? Ross, E, NPR, 10/15/2016
- Wearable health monitors not always reliable, study shows, Weintraub, K, USA Today, 10/12/2016
- Study Enrolls First US Patient to Use a Smartphone for Direct Pacemaker Monitoring, 7/25/2018
- Smartwatch Technology Detects Afib Prior to Cardioversion, 03/9/2018
- How Electrophysiologists Are Turning to Tech to Transform Outpatient Care, 8/31/2017
- Virtual Reality: Can It Train You to Do Heart Surgery?, 03/01/2018
- Virtual Visits Keep Complex Care for Heart Failure on Track
If you would like to learn more about the HVI Center for Digital Health Technologies or collaborate on innovative digital technologies for cardiovascular care, please contact:
Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH
HVI Center for Digital Health Technologies
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195