Ritmocore aims to transform the management and care of patients with bradycardia and arrhythmias, including those with a pacemaker implant and those without. This project is an Innovative Public Procurement initiative, bringing about a departure from the traditional contracting model with device manufacturers.
The concept of shared risk is introduced, fostering co-responsibility between healthcare centres and device suppliers in achieving the proposed objectives. This model achieves alignment among all involved parties (hospital, awardee, and patients) with shared objectives focused on patient-centred care.
- To offer personalised therapy, which means providing the best available treatment for each patient.
- To enable remote patient monitoring, which is the central focus of the broader project, using sensors, mobile apps, and digital devices.
- To achieve continuity of care through the exchange of information and aligning objectives to improve decision-making among all involved stakeholders (medical team, nursing staff, management, and patients).
- To work towards patient empowerment, considering aspects related to education about their condition, the ability to participate in health-related decisions, and actively engage in their own care.
Ritmocore enhances the quality of care and patient experience while optimising the utilization of collected data. It establishes a mutually beneficial purchasing model between the hospital and the healthcare technology company. The Enigma platform serves as the primary tool, supporting all aspects of pacemaker-related activities, including interventions, device implantation or replacement, face-to-face follow-ups, and remote monitoring.
Furthermore, valuable insights gained from implementing the project across consortium member institutions, along with recommendations for future initiatives, are available on the website http://www.ritmocore-ppi.eu.
Indication of the most appropriate pacemaker for each patient, according to clinical guidelines.
o Activation process for remote patient monitoring
o Circuit for the correct detection of candidate patients
o Creation of Remote Monitoring Alerts Protocol
o Creation of a specific protocol for the management of alerts related to atrial fibrillation
o Collection and follow-up of "relevant" alerts and creation of circuits for response
o Coordination with Cardiac Surgery and direct citation in Primary Care
Creation of the first “Arrhythmia Unit nurse - Primary Care nurse” interconsultation for aspects related to pacemakers
Patient empowerment actions:
o Information leaflets
o Video Remote Monitoring
o Pacemaker Implantation Video
o Post-discharge care video
o Patient web-app
The project in numbers
A dedicated working group has been established to develop the content and design of an app specifically for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators.
The ongoing development of the app aims to provide each patient with access to disease-related content tailored to their specific needs and condition.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 727796.