Rutgers-Camden nursing student develops phone app to help patients manage heart disease

Published on April 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM · No Comments

A new smart phone app that helps patients manage heart disease and stay out of the hospital has been developed by a team led by a Rutgers-Camden nursing student.

Shannon Patel, manager of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Heart Failure Program and an RN-to-BS student at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, led a team at the hospital's Heart Institute that developed the WOW ME 2000mg app to help patients, their caregivers, and their family members identify and manage symptoms of heart failure.

"This tool was designed to cross the healthcare continuum and has allowed our organization to deliver very important self-management education," says Patel, a resident of Egg Harbor Township.

The WOW ME 2000mg app takes its name from an acronym for that reminds patients to:

  • Weigh themselves;
  • Measure their Output of fluids;

  • Walk and be active;

  • Take their Medications;

  • Evaluate signs and symptoms; and

  • Limit salt intake to 2,000 mg or less, with 1,500 mg being optimal.

The app prompts users with reminders and allows them to enter information about how they are managing their symptoms. It also links them with AtlantiCare's Heart Failure Resource Team and other providers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, which is the primary cause of more than 55,000 deaths each year. AtlantiCare states that one out of every five heart failure patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

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