Last week Boston Scientific launched an iPad app for physicians called CardioTeach, which medical professionals can use with their patients to discuss cardiovascular diseases. The app covers a number of diseases including atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and peripheral vascular disease.
The app helps physicians to customize and annotate anatomical illustrations; overlay cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and lead wires, onto anatomical illustrations; add notes for emphasis, clarification or personalization; email completed graphics and information to patients, caregivers or other healthcare professionals.
The app’s release includes a testimonial quote from Dr Leslie Saxon, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Southern California: “Most medical device apps are designed to educate physicians on a specific product or therapy. CardioTeach is unique because it lets clinicians better educate patients about their overall heart and vascular health and available treatment options. I like CardioTeach because it allows patients to have something they can reference after they leave my office and when thinking about or explaining what went on during the office visit. It also allows my patients and families to educate themselves prior to and between visits.”
Saxon worked with Boston Scientific on the concept version of its Latitude app about two years ago. At the 2009 Body Computing Conference in Los Angeles, Boston Scientific showed off a concept iPhone app, called Latitude Connected, that is currently focused on cardiac rhythm care management, but its full range of functions enable physicians to access patient records, monitor implanted devices, tap into patient support networks and schedule follow-up care. The prototype application was developed and conceived by Dr Saxon in conjunction with an iPhone development team in USC’s Viterbi Engineering School.
Boston Scientific is also a founding member of the USC Body Computing Center, which officially announced its founding members earlier this year.