Digital Technology Holds Potential in Emergency CVD Care

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Digital Technology Holds Potential in Emergency CVD Care
Digital Technology Holds Potential in Emergency CVD Care

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones, apps, and other digital technology could speed emergency care to patients experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, or cardiac arrest, according to a new report issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) and published online June 22 in Circulation.

The full potential of digital technology is still largely untapped, Raina Merchant, M.D., director of the social media lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation in Philadelphia, and coauthor of the AHA scientific statement, told HealthDay. In general, researchers have been looking at whether digital technology could be useful in two ways: helping laypeople respond in a crisis and helping medical professionals communicate and get patients the care they need more quickly.

For example, some studies have looked at whether apps can help diagnose an AMI before the patient gets to the hospital -- by allowing paramedics to send electrocardiogram readings to the on-call cardiologist's smartphone. Other research has focused on speeding up stroke diagnosis. Videoconferencing apps, for example, might allow doctors at community hospitals to consult with stroke specialists at larger centers.

"This statement emphasizes key research questions for the future for mobile devices, social media, visual sharing, and crowdsourcing interventions for emergency cardiovascular and cerebrovascular care," the authors write. "It is hoped that this will inform the AHA and other public and scientific entities as they direct resources to improve care and outcomes of patients with emergency cardiovascular conditions. If so, digital strategies could realize their potential as disruptive innovations in health care that directly translate into improved health care delivery and patient outcomes."

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