Broad-based atrial fibrillation population screening package offered to health insurers

Active stroke prevention coupled with positive cost effectiveness and scalability. Linking digital health to standard medical care.

The package we supply to health insurers and nationwide healthcare providers is the atrial fibrillation population screening called “Preventicus Heartbeats Pro“. As a targeted prevention measure, the package is mainly offered to insured patients aged 55 years and older, particularly those suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes. The paramount objective of the program is health maintenance and stroke prevention for insured patients, coupled with positive cost effectiveness for insurers and healthcare providers.

Even moderately improved detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation could realistically help prevent around 10,000 of the 200,000 first-time strokes that take place annually in Germany alone and cause € 400 million in costs.1 Together with our customers, we implement the most cost-effective and most-scalable structured screening program for atrial fibrillation. This program couples the patient’s self-monitoring with Telecare Center support and standard physician care. Demonstrable cost effectiveness: Every euro invested in the “Preventicus Heartbeats Pro” screening program can save approx. 12 euro of costs otherwise incurred by strokes.

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„Preventicus Heartbeats Pro“

The patients regularly record their own heart rhythm every day – for a period of 14 (preferably 28) days – mornings and evenings and whenever they notice heart palpitations. Self-monitoring for the detection of sporadic arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation has proven more effective than Holter ECG2 and verifiably prevents strokes.3 This type of fortnightly intermittent self-monitoring of heart rhythm is recommended by international committees.4 The “Preventicus Heartbeats Pro” screening program works on this basis. Similar to an external event recorder, the insured patient requires nothing more than their own smartphone. A three-stage process links the insured patient with a Telecare Center and a physician: The patient self-records their heart rhythm regularly with the Heartbeats smartphone app for 14 or 28 days. The recordings are transmitted to a Telecare Center that verifies any abnormalities technically. Within the patient's standard care, the physician confirms these verified screening results by 24/72h Holter and manages therapy as needed.

1 Results of the German Health Insurer DAK’s Healthcare Report on Stroke: Studies and Routine Data at the Patient's Service. Nolting H-D, Deckenbach B, Zich K, IGES Institute. Berlin, 2015
2 T. Hendrikx, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2014
3 Mass Screening for Untreated Atrial Fibrillation, The Strokestop Study, Svennberg E, Ciculation, 2015
4Freedman, J Camm et al. Screening for Atrial Fibrillation. Circulation. 2017;135:1851-1867