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Europace. 2018 Feb 1;20(2):225-233. doi: 10.1093/europace/eux299.

European Society of Cardiology smartphone and tablet applications for patients with atrial fibrillation and their health care providers.

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University of Birmingham Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, The Medical School, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.
Cardiology Department, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust and Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK.
University of Birmingham Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, The Medical School, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15?2TT, UK.
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospital Muenster, Germany.
Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide, Australia.
Department of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Linköping, Sweden.
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.
Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht, Maastricht University Medical Centre+ and Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Cardiology Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Department of Cardiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium.
European Society of Cardiology, Sophia-Antipolis, France.


We are in the midst of a digital revolution in health care, although the application of new and useful technology in routine clinical practice is variable. The Characterizing Atrial fibrillation by Translating its Causes into Health Modifiers in the Elderly (CATCH ME) Consortium, in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), has funded the creation of two applications (apps) in atrial fibrillation (AF) for use in smartphones and tablets. The patient app aims to enhance patient education, improve communication between patients and health care professionals, and encourage active patient involvement in the management of their condition. The health care professional app is designed as an interactive management tool incorporating the new ESC Practice Guidelines on AF and supported by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), with the aim of improving best practice approaches for the care of patients with AF. Both stand-alone apps are now freely available for Android and iOS devices though the Google Play, Amazon, and Apple stores. In this article, we outline the rationale for the design and implementation of these apps. Our objective is to demonstrate the value of integrating novel digital technology into clinical practice, with the potential for patient engagement, optimization of pharmacological and interventional therapy in AF, and ultimately to improve patient outcomes.


App; Application; Atrial fibrillation; Education; Guidelines; Management; Mobile; Smartphone; Treatment

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