SMARTCare Clinical Software to Be Tested at Two Aurora Hospitals

Aurora Health Care is proud to be participating in SMARTCare, an innovative quality improvement research project spearheaded by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

In May, ACC was awarded $15.8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to test specially designed software that combines clinical decision support, shared decision-making, patient engagement and provider feedback tools in an effort to improve care for patients with stable ischemic heart disease. A portion of that federal funding will support the project’s implementation at two Aurora hospitals, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee and Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Anthony DeFranco, MD, an Aurora cardiologist and current governor of ACC’s Wisconsin Chapter, helped secure the CMS grant. He and Aurora executive vice president Patrick Falvey, PhD, will facilitate SMARTCare’s implementation at Aurora.

“In order to improve coordination of care between specialists and primary care physicians as well as reduce costs without compromising care, health systems need a practical way of implementing rapidly advancing practice guidelines at the bedside,” Dr. DeFranco said. “SMARTCare will enable Aurora to lead the way on value-based care in a way that is feasible for physicians and hospitals and also better for patients.”

SMARTCare, which stands for Smarter Management and Resource Use for Today’s Complex Cardiac Care, was featured by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 24, 2014. Click here to read the story.