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Sunnybrook collaborates with Boehringer Ingelheim Canada to enhance care for complex cardiovascular patients

September 28, 2022

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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Heart Function clinic has recently collaborated with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. to implement the Medly Program a digital health solution for complex cardiovascular patients. Developed at the University Health Network (UHN), Medly is designed to help the way clinicians and patients manage heart failure.

“Bringing Medly into our practice has been a game changer,” says Dr. Stephanie Poon, Medical Director, Heart Function Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Sunnybrook). “We are seeing improvements in communication with patients and their self-management. Technology continues to raise the bar in patient care, and as clinicians we couldn’t be happier to see this in action with Medly.”

Heart failure is a complex, chronic, and progressive condition and one of the top five reasons for hospital admission in Canada. Patients use the Medly app to record their daily weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and symptoms and receive instant feedback or alerts based on their personalized thresholds and care plan. A nurse coordinator uses the web-based Medly Dashboard to assess a patient’s health status and respondto patients who have received an alert through the Medly app. One nurse coordinator can provide care remotely for upwards of 300 heart failure patients. By enabling early interventions in response to symptom changes, the Medly app can result in dramatic improvements to patients’ health and reductions in hospitalizations.

“Using Medly has been wonderful,” says Arthur Labbancz, patient from Sunnybrook Heart Function Clinic. Every morning I input my numbers, and if there’s an issue, I get direction on what to do through the app. I feel great knowing I have this safety net. It has a calming effect and I feel more connected to my care team. I know they’re looking out for me and my health every day.”

Implementing the Medly Program at Sunnybrook was made possible thanks to a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Canada in December 2020.

By coming together to enable innovative healthcare solutions for patients, heart failure care can be enhanced, says Andrea Sambati, President and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Canada. With this collaboration, we aim to make a positive impact for those with heart failure and drive sustainable and transformative health system change."

The Medly Program has been operating as standard of care at UHN since 2016 and peer reviewed research has demonstrated the Medly Program led to a 50% reduction in the number of heart failure-related hospitalizations and a 24% reduction in all-cause hospitalizations.

Media Contacts:

Laura Bristow​​​​​​
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
416-480-4040

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Pilar Iglesias
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada
647-271-4717