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Heart attack recovery? There's an app for that

Support from Irene Pollin’s landmark gift to the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease helps a team of Hopkins doctors and engineers build the first cardiology CareKit app
Posted November 1, 2016

Heart attack patients are among those at highest risk for hospital readmission. But a new app developed by Seth Martin, MD, MHS (SPH '15), an inaugural Pollin Preventive Cardiology Fellow, and his team is designed to change that by putting better tools for patient recovery in the palm of a hand.

Funds from the Pollin Fellowship enabled Martin and a team of six people from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Whiting School of Engineering to finalize the Corrie App — the first cardiology app on Apple's open-source CareKit software development platform.

Martin and Francoise Marvel, MD, an internal medicine resident, provided the medical content of the app based on research conducted by the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. A pilot study of the app — incorporating Apple Watches provided to the study's patients — began this fall at both the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

"We believe this is going to transform heart attack recovery and that our solution will eventually help many different types of patients," Martin says. "This will give patients a healthy start with the tools and education they need to succeed."

To learn more about how you can support preventive cardiology research at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, please contact Shannon Wollman, director of development.