Heart Failure Health Storylines selected as one of top 4 heart failure apps to reduce readmissions and power self-management

 
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Heart Failure Health Storylines

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Developed in partnership with the Heart Failure Society of America, this app is destined to ensure that patients with heart failure will get the needed functions to keep their health balanced. The most interesting feature is that patients themselves can build the dashboard and clean up the home page from the functions they don’t need. Within the app, patients can choose from the list of following HF management tools:

  • Daily vitals: allows recording and visualizing such vitals as weight, body fat percent, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and pulse.
  • Medication tracker: allows inputting medications, setting reminders and tracking the intake.
  • Symptom tracker: enables patients to input symptoms and side effects to build patterns that may be essential for the treatment progress estimation.
  • Physical activity: ensures that a patient moves and exercises enough.
  • Sync a device: allows aggregating data from other mHealth apps and smart devices (e.g., Jawbone, Garmin, Fitbit).
  • Low sodium guidelines: advises the patient how to fulfill their nutritional needs with a low-salt diet.
  • My journal and daily moods: enables a self-analyzing functionality to make the patient more aware of how their health condition translates into emotions and their environment.
  • Appointment calendar: keeps the patient in track with their scheduled appointments, follow-ups, procedures, tests and more.

Additionally, the patient can share the recorded data with their physician, friends and loved ones within their personal circle of support.

Final score: 31 / 40

Outtake. Overall, this application is very useful for patients with heart failure due to rich functionality. Our initial score was 29, and we added two bonus points for a great visualization of trends in vitals and medication intake as well as additional engaging features, such as journal and physical activity. The score could be higher if the app allowed an audio/video chat with the provider and offered an option to automatically send updates on vitals to providers and family members.

 
NewsAndy Chung