Johnathan Baril (MHSc): Co-opting Smartphones: Improving Heart Failure Management Using the Common Wearable

September 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Rosebrugh Building
Rosebrugh Bldg, Toronto, ON M5S 3G9

Room: RS 211


Heart failure is the complex chronic terminal phase of all cardiovascular disease. The symptoms and effects of heart failure are equally as complex and are difficult to manage for both patients and their caregivers. One the main difficulties in improving the management of heart failure is a lack of an objective and reliable method of assessing the moment-to-moment state of a patient’s heart failure. That said, heart rate and physical activity have shown to be promising objective indicators of the health of heart failure patients. Both of these indicators can be measured using commercially available wearable technology (namely activity trackers like the Fitbit and Apple Watch).

In general smartphones and wearables are promising technologies that could be leveraged to help improve patient agency and self-management as well as improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. This talk will explore ongoing research at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation which is investigating how the integration of heart rate and physical activity information into Medly (a chronic disease management app already being used by cardiac clinics within Toronto’s University Health Network) could be used
to help both physicians and patients better manage the complex condition of heart failure, keeping patients healthier and out of the emergency room.