App review: Mind My Heart
RCNi editorial assistant Layla Haidrani reviews University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's app for patients at risk of heart failure.
University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust produced this app, making it the first NHS heart failure service in the UK to offer this type of resource.The app is for patients at risk of heart failure, so nurses should direct patients to it to help monitor and report concerns.
The app aims to improve patients’ engagement with their care. Features include information about heart failure, a diary for upcoming appointments, and contact details for the patient’s nurse and cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist. The notepad can remind users of any issues they want to discuss at their next appointment. It can also take pictures of important letters or medication lists for personal use.
The app has been designed to integrate with other systems at UCLH, so its usefulness to non-trust patients may be limited.
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Reviewed by Layla Haidrani, RCNi editorial assistant