Review of DrawMD Cardiology for iPad & Android

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Whether it’s primary prevention of atherosclerotic vascular disease in clinic or how an LVAD supplants the normal cardiac output in end stage cardiomyopathy, clinicians across many specialties will find themselves discussing cardiac disease with their patients.

I often find myself doodling a rudimentary heart or using Google Images to try to find a visual aid in those discussions. DrawMD from Visible Health aims to spare my patients from having to go through what seems more like a Rorschach test every time I try to draw my own visual aids or wait for me to find a suitable image online.

The app opens to a Menu screen where we’ve got several choices. Going to the New Drawing tab, we get several starting images. For example, lets consider a patient who just had an MI. Tapping on the heart image, we go to the drawing screen. Here, there’s a very dynamic set of tools to quickly and easily create high quality illustrations. And just like free hand doodles, the creation of the visual aid parallels the discussion you’re having.

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The Stamp feature lets us add several layered smaller drawings on top of our base image. Here, I’ll add an obstructed artery as I explain how plaque buildup and rupture causes an MI. Next, I can use the text feature to add a note about the stent that was placed in the marked artery.

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There is an impressive range of functions in the app to manipulate the drawing including free hand drawing, free rotation & fading of stamps, and more.

Tapping on the Description tab at the top of my completed image, I can add a title, description, and information about my practice. Then using the Share button I have the option to print or email the image to my patient. The practice information can be prepopulated by registering with Visible Health via the Account section on the Menu.

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There are a few other points that really add to this app. One is that you can import photos into the app to use as templates. So if you have a handout you already use or find an image elsewhere you like, you can easily bring it into the app and use that as your base image. Frequently used drawings, including stamps and annotations, can be stored in the Saved Images section as well for easy access later.

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  • Price
    • Free, most likely due to pharmaceutical sponsorship
    • The user interface is set up to parallel the conversion you’re having so that the act of creating the drawing works as a visual aid.
    • Ability to import your own images gives the app a lot of flexibility
    • Sharing of the drawings is included
  • Dislikes
    • A useful addition would be prepopulated text stamps e.g. definition of an MI in plain English.
    • When emailing, the default “From” email is whatever email address you have on your device; important to pay attention to which email is selected. An option is to set up an email address with an autoreply if you do not use email to communicate with patients.
    • Clinicians should note that drawings include the sponsor name.
  • Overall

    DrawMD is an outstanding tool for augmenting conversations with patients about cardiovascular disease.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Impressive range of tools in an intuitive interface

  • Multimedia Usage

    While the images/stamps are excellent, we should note lack of video/animations here.

  • Price

    Individual clinicians should note that the drawings include the sponsor logo; given the diversity of opinions on clinician-pharma relationships, we’ll leave that to the individual clinician to determine how that fits in.

  • Real World Applicability

    The need to better educate patients about their health make this app a welcome resource.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPad Air

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