Check out this impressive new app that the Mayo Clinic is using to help heart surgery patients. The app is specially designed for patients so that they can access their plan of care before and after surgery. When you undergo major surgery like a bypass, there is a lot of information to keep track of in terms of your recovery—how much to walk, how much to eat and drink, when to take your medications, etc. This app allows patients to keep track of their information, which is then immediately transferred to the patient’s care team. The app enables both the patient and the doctor to have the information that they need, when they need it, in an easy-to-use format.
The Mayo Clinic is doing a great job of empowering their heart patients with information. This will help them feel more in control in what can be a very stressful time in their lives. That being said, the major downfall of this technology is that most hospitals cannot afford to hand out iPads to patients or foot the bill for app development. Additionally, healthcare purists warn that technology cannot supplement hands-on doctor or nurse-to-patient contact. Personally, I think that this has great potential for improving how hospitals deliver patient education materials and how clinicians manage care before and after treatment.