Two novel smartphone and tablet applications (apps) aim to support evidence-based management of atrial fibrillation (AF) and shared decision-making between AF patients and doctors.
The AF Manager and My AF apps were designed by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines Task Force on Atrial Fibrillation and the CATCH ME (Characterising Atrial fibrillation by Translating its Causes into Health Modifiers in the Elderly) consortium, to disseminate the 2016 ESC AF Guidelines through different formats.
The My AF app allows patients to record symptoms and quality of life data. The AF Manager app imports this information and allows doctors to amend details and enter additional information. A ‘Treatment Manager’ tool within the app then suggests individualised treatment options based on ESC guidelines. After a consultation, treatment decisions, notes and medication dosages can be shared with the patient.
Detailing the apps in EP Europace, lead author, Dr Dipak Kotecha, said: "We know that effective management of atrial fibrillation is suited to shared decision-making and we have created the apps in the hope of facilitating this process. Sharing information should save clinicians time and enable them to devote consultations to choosing the best treatments."