Mayo Clinic study: integrating mHealth app into cardiac rehabilitation reduces hospital readmissions by 40%

April 4, 2014 | Reply More

The cardiac rehabilitation smartphone app | Picture Credit: MobiHealthNews


The Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study that found that integrating a smartphone app into cardiac rehabilitation reduced emergency room admissions and hospital readmissions by 40 percent. 25 patients hospitalized following a heart attack used the app for educational content and vital sign tracking. Patients tracked their weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, physical activity and dietary levels; the educational content helped patients avoid a second heart event by encouraging them to make dietary changes or increase their exercise. Lead researcher Dr. R. Jay Widmer explained that the app “is something that can be used to reduce disease burden across the healthcare system at times when paying for value is going to be at a premium.” He said that patients who logged into the app more frequently and used it longer experienced less stress as their diet and physical activity improved.

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