SMARTCare Pilot Program Encourages Greater Doctor-Patient Interaction

HeartWell, LLP cardiologists are honored to be among a select group of doctors who will be part of a promising pilot program called SMARTCare. Designed to support physicians who work with stable ischemic heart disease patients, the program offers tools for doctors and patients to collaborate more effectively for better outcomes.

SMARTCare stands for Smarter Management And Resource use for Today’s complex cardiac Care. The program provides tools such as individual patient cardiac risk profiles and electronic databases that enable the physician to quickly access related treatment information at the right time. Additionally, it helps empower patients to become more actively involved in their own care.

“We are proud to be part of this innovative program that gives cardiac patients and their physicians a means to cooperatively develop a treatment plan with all the necessary information at hand,” said Dr. Alvaro Gomez of HeartWell, LLP. “Knowledgeable patients are healthier patients. The ability to treat disease in partnership with patients, primary care physicians and specialists is a brilliant path to success.”

Dr. Gomez is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, certified by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. He believes the information and tools that SMARTCare offers will reap benefits for all patients that participate, and is likely to reduce unnecessary procedures. There is no cost or payment for patients, and participation is voluntary.

HeartWell, LLP is one of only nine cardiology groups throughout the nation to test this new collaborative process. The three-year pilot program was made possible through a $15.8 million grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) chapters in Florida and Wisconsin will be the first to implement this cutting-edge program.