Early detection and optimal treatment of atrial fibrillation and heart failure with network care; To this end, the Dutch Heart Foundation and ZonMw are starting a thematic collaboration. The two parties signed an agreement to that effect last week.
The purpose of the collaboration is to ensure that primary, secondary and third-line care providers offer more integrated care for atrial fibrillation and heart failure in the region. A national support structure will support the regional partnerships in implementing the regional transmural agreements with regard to screening and treatment. In this way, the patient comes into contact with the care provider who best contributes to his or her care needs at that moment.
Establishment of this collaborationDCVA partners ZonMw, the Dutch Heart Foundation, the Netherlands Society of Cardiology (NVVC) and the patient association Harteraad joined forces in the DCVA to find ways to optimize regional cooperation between first, second and third line cardiac care. An important route to contribute to the ambition of the DCVA: to lower the cardiovascular disease burden by 25% in 2030. With the Custom AF consortium, a start was made for atrial fibrillation, but it was evident that a more extensive approach was needed. With support of the DCVA’s Research Policy funding sources were explored to achieve these ambitions. Last week ZonMw and the Dutch Heart Foundation signed the agreement for a thematic collaboriation to improve early detection and treatment of atrial firbrillation and heart failure by improving integrative, transmural regional cardiac care. Their committing over 2.5 million euros to this program. An important milestone for the DCVA.
National and Regional Impulse
Initially, ZonMw and the Dutch Heart Foundation will provide two forms of support:
- The National Impulse for Heart Care, facilitated by the Dutch Heart Foundation, aims to set up a sustainable national support structure that stimulates and guides regions in the regional design and implementation of network care in the field of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. The National Impulse also aims to facilitate and stimulate knowledge sharing between the regions and nationally, and to evaluate the process and the results in areas such as the quality of patient care.
- The Regional Impuls for Heart Care, a subsidy from the ZonMw program Right Care in the Right Place, aims to support regional partnerships in the implementation of regional transmural agreements that should lead to the provision of the right care in the right place for people with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
Both the National Impulse for Heart Care and the Regional Impulse for Heart Care will be opened in the first quarter of 2022. We will announce more about this at the beginning of 2022. Keep an eye on the websites and newsletters of both ZonMw and the Dutch Heart Foundation.