The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) said in a release that it is expanding its Get With The Guidelines subscription cardiovascular hospital care quality improvement program to the United Arab Emirates, the first time the subscription program will be available overseas.
The program, started in 2002 and implemented in over 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is a quality improvement plan which outlines specific scientific guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The launch of the program in the UAE is being supported by the Emirates Cardiac Society, the release said.
Sidney Smith Jr., past president of the AHA and a global expert in quality improvement science and programs, said in the release that the expansion of the guidelines program outside the U.S. will help save patients’ lives.
“The AHA has always worked to make a difference in the lives of patients with cardiovascular in the U.S. and around the world,” Smith said in the release. “The global expansion of our Get With the Guidelines program is the next step in our journey toward fulfilling the goal to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”
“Get With The Guidelines has proven its efficacy in transforming patient care and has improved patient outcomes, lowered health care costs due to reduced readmission and increased efficiency and effectiveness across the continuum of care,” Smith said in the release. “I am thrilled that international hospitals will now have access to this valuable program.”