AFib4WARD.com Encourages Healthcare Providers to Engage in Shared Decision Making

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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RIDGEFIELD, CT: Recently, AFib4WARD.com was launched by 4WARD Coalition—a multi-disciplinary collaboration of experts dedicated to improving the quality and consistency of care for patients needing anticoagulation treatment. With an aim to assist non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients, AFib4WARD.com with its online features will help Healthcare Providers to engage in informed discussions. This modernized web-based tool comprises of resources to help and promote a two-way conversation, empowering patients to be more informed as active decision makers in their treatment plans and to come up with all their problems. Essentially, the firm provides a collaborative process—shared decision making that acknowledges the patient's personal health factors and preferences.

The online tool, AFib4WARD.com was actually launched after the success of the 4WARD Conversation Cards, a tool developed after the Coalition recognized the need for shared decision making resources in the AFib community. The Conversation Cards has been subjected to testing with Healthcare Providers across the country since its launch this past November. The results being positive, these cards helped the firm’s AFib patients to better understand their health condition. Both the print and online versions of the overwhelming majority reporting cards are still part of a large initiative by 4WARD Coalition. Alternatively, the Funding for AFib4WARD.com is given by Boehringer Ingelheim, a German firm that aims to continuously search for new and innovative ways to improve lives.

"With knowledge and insights from various care settings, the 4WARD Coalition is well aware of the challenges in navigating an AFib diagnosis and the various treatment options. Through the successful introduction of the 4WARD Conversation Cards and recent launch of AFib4WARD.com, we are excited to further our mission of advancing shared decision making in anticoagulation care," said 4WARD co-chairs J. Donald Easton, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, and Christian T. Ruff, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

It is reported that the new online version of the Conversation Cards will be officially presented at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 65th Annual Scientific Session and Expo 2016.  The Cards can also be accessed online at www.AFib4WARD.com.

"Boehringer Ingelheim launched the 4WARD Coalition with the vision of identifying and addressing unmet patient needs in anticoagulation care," said Paul Fonteyne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We are thrilled with what the 4WARD Coalition has accomplished in under a year since its launch, and look forward to continuing our support of the Coalition as it develops and brings these much needed resources to patients and physicians."