RPM brings 30-day mortality rate to almost zero for heart bypass procedure

That’s for coronary artery bypass grafting patients at Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, compared with a national average of 2.5%. Remote patient monitoring also has reduced 30-day readmissions by 40%.

In the past at Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, as in many other hospitals, postoperative cardiac patients were discharged with a vague understanding of what recovery entails. Uncertainty can lead to preventable poor outcomes and readmissions for issues that could have been managed in the outpatient setting.


Anxiety is common in patients preparing for cardiac surgery. Patients prefer to be home, but recovering from invasive surgery without expert guidance can be scary and dangerous.

Providers need up-to-date, reliable data to inform post-surgery decision-making, but collecting that data and turning it into insights can be a chore, said Dr. John Frederick, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute.

“Collecting biometric data before remote monitoring meant nurse navigators had to rely on patients to manually record and report the information,” he noted.


Health IT vendor Carium proposed a care experience platform to be added to Sanger Heart and Vascular’s Perfect Care program that provides a complete ecosystem for virtual care.

“The care experience platform would ensure patients remain connected with their care teams, and that care teams remain connected with invaluable patient data to improve clinical decision-making,” Frederick explained.

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