Collaboration makes the latest clinical knowledge accessible to more physicians and patients to help reduce readmission rates

(Toronto, ON) May 6, 2020 — An innovative new partnership between the Canadian Heart Failure Society (CHFS) and Think Research, a health technology and clinical content company, is bringing together new research and clinical tools — making them more accessible to those who treat people with heart failure across Canada. 

Through the project, CHFS has made recommendations for an updated heart failure Order Set. Developed in collaboration with Think Research’s in-house clinical team, it aligns to the most up-to-date, evidence-based research. The goal of this order set is to prevent heart failure-related hospital readmissions and improve patient outcomes by facilitating use of guideline directed medical therapy.

Heart failure affects well over half a million Canadians. During the COVID-19 pandemic, vigilance around heart health is proving incredibly crucial. 

Heart failure continues to be the second most common reason that Canadians who are 65 and older end up in hospital. In addition, within 30 days of discharge, 21 percent of heart failure patients are readmitted for follow-up care. Mortality rates are also high. 

“There has been a great deal of research and advances in how we treat people with heart failure,” says Dr. Shelley Zieroth, CHFS president. “An important part of our mandate is to ensure our hospital-based colleagues across Canada have the latest evidence-based recommendations to optimize treatment for their patients. There’s considerable evidence that the patient’s hospital admission is a critical inflection point. We’re excited to partner with Think Research to help standardize how we care for heart failure in this country.”

By 2030, heart failure care is estimated to cost more than $2.8 billion per year in Canada. Much of this cost can be attributed to stubbornly high hospital readmission rates. Standardized clinical orders aim to improve action and awareness on this issue.

“We’ve seen the data that shows how heart failure burdens Canadian families and our health system. That’s why we’re proud to partner with advisory bodies like CHFS,” says Dr. Chris O’Connor, president and founder of Think Research. “We want to make sure everyone has access to the best possible care. Order Sets like this one make it easy for hospitals to offer their patients the latest evidence-based recommendations by integrating them into a key process of patient care — physicians orders.” 

Canadian hospitals within Think Research network’s have access to the updated CHFS Heart Failure Order set as of May 4, 2020. Hospitals outside the network can still access the Order Set by registering at hfordersets.ca.

About CHFS

The Canadian Heart Failure Society’s (CHFS) mission is to improve patient care through research, advocacy, education and the development of best practices in the field of heart failure disorders.

About Think Research 

Think Research, an enterprise clinical content and technology company, delivers evidence-based clinical tools grounded in best practice. Our focused mission is to organize the world’s health knowledge so everyone gets the best care. Since 2006, our cloud-based, digital tools have empowered clinicians around the world and have impacted millions of patients across all sectors of care: acute, primary, long term and community. We are proud to serve as a trusted health system partner to a rapidly growing client base that spans three continents and more than 2,200 healthcare facilities. For more information, visit www.thinkresearch.com or follow us on Twitter @TRChealth.

Media Contacts


Nahanni McIntosh

Director, Strategic Communications & Knowledge Mobilization

Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Telephone: 877-569-3407 ext. 410

Email: mcintosh@ccs.ca

Genevieve Tomney
VP, Communications
Think Research
Direct: 416.460.5784
genevieve.tomney@thinkresearch.com