AI-Based Telemedicine Platform Seeks to Improve Heart Patients’ Quality of Care

An artificial intelligence (AI)-powered telemedicine platform launched in Germany is looking to improve the quality of medical care provided to coronary artery disease patients. The condition results in nearly two million heart attacks and 610,000 deaths annually but can be addressed with early treatment coupled with rehabilitation to help patients make positive lifestyle changes.

Launched by Dr. Boris Schmitz, a German sports scientist, biologist and PD, the Timely Project looks to create a patient-centered platform that will use AI and e-health to provide early cardiac risk predictions as well as support post-rehabilitation prevention and intervention in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients.

Although rehabilitation clinics help CAD patients develop positive lifestyle habits such as exercising, eating a healthy diet and reducing their stress levels to prevent re-infarction and allow them to live with the condition for as long as possible, the patients often struggle with sticking with these habits once they go back home. Schmitz, who is also a senior scientist at Königsfeld Clinic’s Center for Clinical Rehabilitation, notes that the “first six months after rehab” are critical because this is the period when changes in behavior slowly turn into habits.

However, Schmitz says, there is basically no postrehab care for CAD patients aside from one follow-up cardiologist visit after half a year.

The scientist wants to use the Timely platform alongside a randomized, controlled clinical study involving 360 adult CAD patients to show how cardiovascular risk can drop by using the Timely platform. He is conducting the project in three study centers with 13 industry partners; the centers are located in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.

Schmitz says the research team onboarded CAD patients who had gone through myocardial revascularization after the diagnoses at the start of their rehab. The research team interviewed the patients, learned about their needs and wishes, and then tested the platform’s user friendliness.

Study participants receive a blood pressure monitoring device, an activity tracker, and a portable, wireless 3-lead ECG that collect data on stress levels, activity calories, speed of blood flow and blood vessel resistance.

The Timely app will provide CAD patients with all the information they need regarding rehab, weight loss, stress management and diet to help them set personal goals. It will also send personal messages that feature a chatbot, which provide regular positive reinforcement to help patients stay motivated.

The platform and app will use artificial intelligence to process all the data collected during the study and detect potential arrhythmias early using factors such as increased stress levels or changes in sleeping rhythm, Schmitz explains.

All these advancements in AI within different industries are being made possible by the surge entities such as NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) have made in availing advanced microchips to make it possible to train large language models and other systems needed to break new ground in key industries.

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