Technologies are enabling people in their own rehabilitation after a heart attack, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Technologies are becoming ever more embedded in healthcare, now enabling people to participate as part of their own healthcare team following a heart attack, with deployment of a smartphone app called Corrie and additional devices. Seth Martin, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and one member of the Corrie development team, describes what was needed.

Martin: Provided them with an iPhone if they didn’t have one, we provided an Apple watch, which had the Corrie app on the watch as well so patients could track their physical activity, receive their reminders and so forth on the watch. There was also a companion blood pressure monitor that was part of the intervention. So patients would start using that in the hospital. Patients would then watch educational videos on their phone or stream it to an Apple TV in their hospital room.  :28

Martin predicts that use of an integrated range of devices will become standard of care for people who’ve had a first heart attack, as use of Corrie has been shown to reduce someone’s risk of rehospitalization by fifty percent. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.