Mobile App Provides Life-Saving Assistance For Cardiac Patients
May 15, 2014 — CathMaps demonstrated how mobile technology can provide emergency assistance and peace of mind to millions of Americans at risk for a cardiac event. The AARP Health Innovation@50+ Tech Expo showcases the latest in digital health technology designed to improve quality of life. The event is part of AARP's Life@50+ National Event in Boston, May 8-10.
CathMaps+ is the world's first mobile application for people with elevated risk of a cardiac incident — particularly those who have a history of cardiac issues — that integrates critical health history and medical records with an interactive map of catheterization facilities (cath labs) throughout the world. The app is also HIPPA compliant.
"With the levels of heart disease on the rise in the U.S., the medical community must remain vigilant in our efforts to provide patients with tools and information that can help improve the quality of their lives," says Jack Stroh, an interventional cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital in New Jersey, and advisor to CathMaps+.
Approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 30 percent of those have already suffered a heart attach. The CathMaps+ app ensures that patients quickly locate and are directed to a medical facility with a catheterization lab — wherever they may be traveling. They can securely access and share their medical history with the lab staff, saving critical time in treatment. They can also give permission for their information to be shared with loved ones, caregivers or emergency professionals.
"As a life or death condition, the idea of suffering a repeat incident is an almost constant concern. This app offsets patient anxiety, giving them peace of mind as they go about their daily lives," says Danny Oberman, founder and CEO of CathMaps+. "We see this as a valuable tool for cardiologist and the medical community as well. The AARP Health Innovations@50+ Tech Expo is the perfect event to debut the app in the U.S."
Oberman founded CathMaps+ following his own cardiac incident in 2013. He combined his experience of living with an elevated risk of heart attack with his technology expertise to create a tool that is easy to use and functional in an emergency, while alleviating anxiety for cardiac patients.
CathMaps+, an Israeli-based technology company, is owned by Kickstart LLC, and is available for most Android and iOS users. The app is available in English and Spanish, with additional languages releases throughout 2014. It may be purchased from the App Store and Google Play.
For more information: www.cathmaps.com