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An innovative and fully-reimbursable remote cardiac rehabilitation program for patients unable to participate in on-site rehab.

Home Based Cardiac Rehab (HBCR) allows cardiac rehab providers to efficiently serve more patients, and specifically better serve patients unable to participate in on-site rehabilitation programs.

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Pattern Health and Duke University Medical Center have combined their expertise in digital health and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation to develop an innovative remote cardiac rehabilitation program that allows cardiac rehab providers to efficiently serve more patients, and specifically better serve patients unable to participate in onsite rehabilitation programs, a rapidly growing patient population as a result of COVID-19.

The Duke HBCR program is fully reimbursable via the standard cardiac rehabilitation billing codes, which are approved for telehealth delivery as of October 2020. Facilities and operational costs for HBCR are generally lower compared to center-based cardiac rehab, making HBCR not only convenient for providers and patients but economically attractive and easy to scale as well.

Developed and tested by Dr. William Kraus, a leading cardiac rehabilitation specialist at Duke University, the HBCR program continues to collect data to validate and measure its impact on outcomes and cost of care, but early adherence results are positive with over 90% of participants completing the program.

The HBCR program developed by Duke is now being made available for use by health systems and providers outside of the Duke University Medical Center network via Pattern Health’s secure, HiTRUST certified, HIPAA compliant, and interoperable platform.

About the Author
Dr. William Kraus, MD

Dr. Kraus is a physician scientist and Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at Duke University. He is Director of Translational Research at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute and the Duke Center for Living, a multidisciplinary treatment and research facility dedicated to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Kraus is Director for Clinical Research. He has been Medical Director of the Duke Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 1994. His undergraduate degree was in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1977) from Harvard College. He received his Medical degree (1983) and training (Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship) all from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Kraus’ research interests include basic science in the cellular signaling processes underlying the plasticity of skeletal muscle gene expression, mechanisms of skeletal myocyte development and differentiation, the human physiology underlying exercise training benefits on cardiovascular health, and the human genetics of cardiometabolic diseases. He has been principal investigator for STRRIDE, a series of 3 NIH-sponsored human studies focusing on the dose-response effects of exercise training on cardiometabolic health. He served on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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