The Heart and Valve App is a collaboration between MUSC’s Heart and Vascular Heart Valve Center, the Center for Telehealth, Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL), the Epic e-Health Team, and Clinical Informatics. The app provides a convenient way for an interprofessional team to monitor post-transcatheter valve procedure patients who live at a great distance from MUSC.
Through use of the app, older patients with congestive heart failure can take their own biometric measurements. Patients are given the app on an iPhone along with a bluetooth blood pressure cuff, a pulse oximeter and a scale. As the patient uses the app, results are sent directly to MUSC’s electronic medical record where they are closely monitored by their healthcare team. The app provides patients who live long distances from MUSC the opportunity to reduce the lengthy number of trips back to MUSC for checkups.
The app is now available as a template that is being used in other areas of health care, such as monitoring patients with both diabetes and congestive heart failure.