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Smartphone applications (apps) in healthcare are being increasingly developed with the aim of benefiting both patients and their physicians. The delivery of adequate instructions both before and after a procedure is important in ensuring the best outcome for patients. Failure to comply with instructions after a procedure can increase the risk of complications.
We conducted a prospective evaluation of a new smartphone app designed to provide pre- and post-operative instructions (TrackMyRecovery®). The app also permitted patients to securely send images of their wound and pain scores. The primary end points were patients’ compliance with reading instructions, sending wound images and pain levels. The secondary endpoint was any post-procedural related complications.
10 patients undergoing pacemaker implantation or Left Heart Catheterization were prospectively accrued. All 10 patients successfully registered with the app, read and complied with instructions. There were no cancelled procedures or post-operative complications.
A smartphone app developed for perioperative care was used effectively in a small cohort of 10 patients undergoing routine cardiology procedures. It ensured 100% compliance with instructions along with excellent patient satisfaction scores . The use of electronic instructions on a smartphone or tablet with built-in reminders and the ability to send secure data to physicians could improve perioperative care, ensure compliance, and reduce post-operative complications. A larger cohort of patients with long-term follow-up across various medical disciplines is necessary to corroborate these findings.