More than half a billion people worldwide are living with cardiovascular disease.
Increasingly sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and a rise in tobacco use – all key risk factors for cardiovascular disease – mean this number will continue to grow unless we can implement effective interventions that support CVD prevention and improve care.
Digital health technologies can help us address the challenges that health systems are facing today. They can empower patients and health providers, promote universal health services coverage, improve long-term patient outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs.
However, a range of fundamental barriers can obstruct the successful implementation of digital health interventions. Factors such as digital illiteracy, limited access to the Internet and the affordability of technologies create a “digital divide”, which exacerbates already existing inequalities in access to digital health technologies and their potential benefits.
In our Roadmap for Digital Health in Cardiology, we identify these barriers and provide evidence-informed solutions to overcome them, including the establishment of national e-Health guidelines, the engagement of key stakeholders, education of the health workforce and patients, and the improvement of regulatory standards
The Roadmap acts as a key reference document for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates who are working to implement digital health strategies to drive meaningful change and reduce the burden of CVD in their communities.
More than 500 million people live with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and more than 18 million succumb to it each year. Cardiology keeps progressing with improved diagnostics such as imaging, genetics, biomarkers, new treatments, and devices to open arteries or regulate heart rhythm. There are many approaches towards heart health including these five: Get in the […]
This is a statement made at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization RCM for the EURO Region. Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates, We thank you for this opportunity to jointly address the Regional Committee on one of the most important and innovative subjects of our times. WHO-Europe has recognised the value that digital health […]
From wearable devices to voice-activated medical assistants, the digital sphere is teeming with breakthroughs that can make a difference for the world’s growing incidence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). If, as the saying goes, “our health is our wealth,” then we must invest in digital healthcare for everyone to tackle the world’s leading killer, cardiovascular disease […]
Download the press release in French | Spanish Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains biggest killer, claiming 18.6 m lives per year Geneva, 29 September 2021 – On World Heart Day, 29 September 2021, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is calling on the international community to bring digital cardiovascular health services to millions worldwide in […]