Nearly five million people in the United States are hospitalized repeatedly with heart failure, the most common reason for hospital readmissions. Oftentimes these readmissions are preventable, due to lack of standardized, evidence-based education.
In an effort to lower this preventable and costly national trend, Qualidigm produced an educational video series called “Heart Talk: Living with Heart Failure,” to guide health care providers, patients and their families in managing heart failure. Along with the videos, a patient booklet describing the steps to better manage heart failure is available in English, Spanish and Polish. The video series is available free of charge and made possible by funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Since its launch in 2011, the Heart Talk Series has rapidly spread nationally and internationally to hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, specialty care practices, physicians, hospice representatives, care-givers, families and others. This video series is also part of the toolkit for the national quality improvement campaign, Hospital 2 Home (H2H), led by the American College of Cardiology and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and has been adopted by the European Society of Cardiology.