Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally, representing almost one third of all deaths (WHO 2019). There are devastating consequences, in terms of both patients and their families, as well as overwhelming healthcare expenditures with costs for the Norwegian economy of more than EUR 12 billion yearly. Existing and emerging cardiac devices and medications have the potential to significantly improve or even cure serious cardiac conditions. Advanced ICT tools are essential in modern medicine and their use increase rapidly. However, current diagnostic tools and decision support systems fall short in characterizing and profiling individual patients’ disease progression. We propose a new Precision Health Center for cardiology (PROCardio) that will develop, test and validate new tools that can reliably predict an individual patients’ disease progression, estimate risk of sudden cardiac death and provide a longitudinal view of past and future care pathway options enabling optimal disease treatment. In particular, the opportunity to make use of cutting edge technology such as artificial intelligence, has the potential to make critical breakthroughs in the treatment of CVD. The expected impact of the PROCardio centre is spread across a wide range of stakeholders, including commercial companies in ICT and healthcare industry, but most importantly to patients, healthcare providers and payers. PROCardio will enable better and earlier detection of heart disease across the spectrum of cardiac disease by multi-modality monitoring, use of novel techniques including artificial intelligence and machine learning. PROCardio will enable early intervention of therapeutic measures that will improve individual health and improve morbidity and survival in large patient groups and help focusing resources on high risk individuals and avoid under and over-treatment.
Project leader: Kristina Haugaa
Category: Helse Sør-Øst RHF
Institution: OSLO UNIVERSITETSSYKEHUS HF