25 Feb Cardiology Smart Phone Apps Speed Workflow, Improve Outcomes
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology.
In the past few years, especially since the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, there has been an explosion of healthcare related mobile device applications (apps). Most physicians today have smart phones or tablets and are finding ways to integrate them into their daily practice beyond just checking their e-mails. There are five classes of mobile apps available that can help improve cardiovascular practice. These include apps to check appropriate use criteria; patient education aids; remote access to electronic patient records and images; reference apps for drugs, tests, treatments, devices or reimbursements; and apps allowing interaction between patients and their doctors. This last category is currently the least used, but will likely play a major role in the coming years, as physicians attempt to meet healthcare reform requirements for increased patient interaction.