Using an app to help manage people their own care after a heart attack provides a range of benefits, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Using a smartphone app called Corrie with an Apple watch and a blood pressure monitor helps people being discharged from the hospital feel they are more capable of participating in their own care. That’s according to Seth Martin, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and one of Corrie’s developers.

Martin: As patients transitioned home from the hospital they really left more confident about what they needed to do and they would keep interacting with the app, after they left, continuing to learn, continuing to track their medications, tracking blood pressure, and step counts and heart rate. Getting reminders about the follow up appointments that they had, and so forth. And so the emphasis was really on using this for thirty days but our patients did have the option to continue to use it after that study period if desired.  :32

The study demonstrated that people who used Corrie were fifty percent less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within thirty days after their discharge. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.