Cardiologist Seth Martin discusses how the Corrie Health program helps guide patients through your care to fill in gaps between visits with your doctors and nurses to put heart attack patients at ease and give them tools for success.
So if you're a patient and you just came to the hospital with chest pain, you were diagnosed with a heart attack. You went to the cath lab, you had your artery opened. And now you come back to the CCU at the hospital and you're wondering what next part of that What next is the Cory Health program, and it really is a program. It's the smartphone technology. But it also is being part of a program that has, uh, really has been developed in a patient friendly way to guide you through that. Of course, you're gonna be talking with your doctors and nurses and care team in the hospital after you leave. But Cory's there to kind of fill in the gaps between those conversations and help reinforce knowledge. So if you are speaking with your cardiology team about a thorough sclerosis, the plaque in your arteries and sort of what causes a heart attack, then later you watch a video and Corey that sort of this shows it, and now all the sudden it makes even more sense what happened. And it's you can even mawr, once you understand what really happened with that plaque in my artery. Now you can really feel even more connected to the care plan. Such is the cholesterol lowering medications that help, uh, improve that plaque in your arteries so you can prevent another heart attack down the line. So the goal with Cory is too put Patients at ease that now they're in the driver seat. They know what's going on. They have the tools that they can connect with to have a better recovery. And so when you step out the door of the hospital, you feel more confident that you know what you need to do to be successful and you have a program there to help support you in that day in, day out. And then as time goes on, you become even, um mawr, confident that you have the skills you need to take care of you because this is about that initial recovery. But it's also about the long term about building those habits, the skills that you need, um, to stay healthy from a cardiovascular standpoint. And so this is really about the long term, even though we're focused very much there on the short term, we really wanna bring Corey to patients at a moment that matters in their health when they really need that extra help. That's when we're bringing Korean. How it works is we are. Team does a little bit of work up front to get the, um, software preloaded onto the smartphone. The Apple Watch, which is paired with the Cory Health app on the smartphones, as well as a Bluetooth blood pressure monitor. So we get this kit ready, and then we bring it to the bedside, were enrolling patients who are in the hospital with a heart attack. And so we bring this to the bedside when they choose to participate in the study. So it's out of the box, ready to go for them to start using and learning and becoming empowered in their cardiovascular care. Ive ah, lot of feedback from patients throughout the whole process of building and then testing Corey. So even before we did the my core study, we were getting interviews with patients to understand just what it was like. The experience of having a heart attack and how a mobile health solution like Corey could help my colleague Dr Francoise as Marvel, who is an amazingly talented now senior cardiovascular fellow who has been absolutely critical in the in the development of the Cory program. She spent time sitting there at the bedside with patients when Corey was first starting understanding them, interviewing them in detail to see get their feedback because we didn't want this to just be something that doctors came up with and said, Hey, here's something we built We think it will help you We wanted this to be a truly human centered design process where we were involving the end users in the co design of Cory building a tool that they could then engage with because they had input up front. So we continue, Thio solicit. We continue to to invite our patients to give us a lot of feedback and Corey. So in general we received surveys from patients through the MIC or study, and we received many positive, um, remarks and scores about Cory from our patients. But we also got very detailed feedback about things we could do to make Cory even better, even more helpful to patients. So we continue to improve, improve, improve the Cory platform and that human design method human that human centered design method. Um and it even goes beyond that to a participatory design approach that we're taking. We're taking that type of approach as part of our American Heart Association strategically focused Research Network project on health Technology Innovation, where we're further developing the Cory platform. Patients along with clinicians are very important stakeholders in developing the platform. Our team is committed to working towards a future of cardiovascular health equity. We think that digital health is gonna play a key role in this, but we have to doom or than just build software. We need to think about the ways that we get technology access for all of our patients so that they could benefits so that we can overcome the digital divide. We see technology as an equalizer. Um, this can be developed into a tailor tool that levels the playing field for different patients so that each patient has the chance to achieve their optimal cardiovascular health. But we really there are There are fundamental issues about access to the hardware, a swells, the Internet connections and cellular that we have to address in order to achieve that future,