Abstract 203: Adoptions of Smartphones, Tablets, and Mobile Applications Among Patients with Hypertension
optimize management, monitoring, and therapy compliance in patients with hypertension (HTN). It could potentially prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Methods: We surveyed patients with HTN in cardiology and primary care clinics regarding their use of mobile technology.
Results: 148 patients were included (79 female; age 16-64: 47%, >65: 53%, 70 male; 18-64:41%, >65: 59%). Associated diagnosis were coronary artery disease (21%), myocardial infarction (13%), arrhythmias (36%), heart failure (6%), or other forms of heart disease (3%). 83% own a cell phone, 29% are smartphones. 78% own a personal computer, laptop, iPod, or tablet. 35% report using APPS, of which 26% use health-related applications. 2% used APPS for blood pressure monitoring or management. 17% used APPS for diet or calorie counters, 13% for exercise, fitness or heart monitoring. 63% use APPS on a smartphone, 12% on iPod Touch, 62% on Tablet. Among all HTN patients surveyed, 64% report looking up medical information online on a computer, 53% more than once per month. When asked about willingness to pay, 44% were not willing to pay for a smartphone or tablet that would help monitor their condition. 61% were not willing to pay if an ER visit and its copayment could be prevented. 26% were not willing to use these devices if they were free or covered by insurance.
Conclusions: A majority of HTN patients surveyed had access to technology with 22% using smartphones with APPS. However, there was limited use of health-specific APPS, especially those related to HTN. Limiting factors may include lack of outcomes-based research, structured programs that incorporate APPS and devices, or lack of familiarity with APPS and technological devices. A comprehensive strategy to develop, market, and demonstrate benefits of this rapidly growing technology is urgently needed.
Author Disclosures: V. Benvenuto: None. G. Baquero: None. D.L. Scher: None. S. LaPine: None. J. Fragin: None. K. Heron: None. L. Douglas: None. M. Nickolaus: None. W. Curry: None. J.E. Banchs: E. Honoraria; Modest; St. Jude Medical. G. Consultant/Advisory Board; Modest; St. Jude Medical.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.