The TAVR Risk medical app is the latest from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), in partnership with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), to help physicians give patients a better sense of the risks associated with a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
We highlighted one of their other recent medical apps, the ASCVD Risk Estimator, as one of the best new apps of 2014. We were similarly impressed by their Anticoag Evaluator app, which provides detailed patient-specific guidance on stroke risk and bleeding in atrial fibrillation patients being started on anticoagulation.
This cardiology app is pretty straightforward in design. It opens to a screen where you can enter information about your patients like their age, gender, and comorbidities including heart failure. It then gives you their estimated in-hospital mortality as well as the national average.
This information can also be shared with the patient via email. While we often discuss risk in more general terms (low vs. high), hard numbers can be incredibly valuable to patients to help get them oriented during a risk/benefit discussion.
It’s based on data from a TAVR registry maintained by the ACC and STS. Detailed information on the app including its last update, intended use, and area to provide feedback are also included.
Also worth noting, it does not require you to enter any personal information, like your name or demographic information, to be able to use the app. It also does not collect any protected health information.
- Easy to use and straightforward design.
- Reliable source of information used by the app (ACC/STS registry)
- Incorporation of feedback mechanism, a surprisingly unique feature in medical apps
- No personal information required
- Ability to share results with patient via email
- Would benefit from more information about TAVR that could be shared with patient along with the mortality estimate
- While in-hospital mortality is important, patients will certainly want to know more about longer term mortality. Hopefully that will be added in the future.
- Could support patient physician discussion more broadly by including other resources for use in the clinic such as videos like those included in the ACC’s CardioSmart Explorer app
The TAVR Risk app is another excellent, albeit more narrowly focused, free cardiology app from the ACC that helps translate research into usable tools to improve patient-physician communication. Hopefully, we’ll see features added to this app that can more broadly support patient-physician communication.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Straightforward and to the point
- Multimedia Usage
Would benefit from more patient education resources
- Real World Applicability
Supports an important patient-physician discussion
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