A Review of Current Heart Failure Apps
Background: Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada, with tremendous economic impacts on the healthcare system. Currently, there are several smartphone based heart failure (HF) apps available for patients. These apps provide information to patients regarding HF, and how to monitor and manage their condition. This review describes the current literature on HF apps, and describes the features offered by these apps. Methods and Results: Peer-reviewed literature was searched and revealed only a limited number of studies (8) related to HF apps, including HeartMapp, SUPPORT-HF and CardioManager. A Google-based grey literature search was conducted, and Google Play and the Apple Store were also searched to identify additional HF-related apps. These searches revealed several other HF-related apps (total 11), the features of which are described in the current review. Conclusion: This review will help healthcare providers select apps for themselves and recommend HF apps to their patients that provide the most suitable disease and management information and monitoring capability. The insight will also help software developers design apps in the future that will provide better support to patients with HF and help the healthcare providers monitor their condition better.
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