Skyscape's CardioSource mobile app, which features the latest research in the cardiology field, has been downloaded more than 14,000 times since it became available in the iTunes AppStore in early April. The app is a collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACC). It's free to download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and also available for BlackBerry and Android.
CardioSource includes on-demand access to a fully indexed set of all ACC and American Heart Association guideline recommendations, as well as new content from CardioSource.org.
The number of downloads is impressive when you consider that there are fewer than 30,000 practicing cardiologists in the US. Assuming most of the 14,000 CardioSource users are cardiologists, and it appears this app has a strong following in that specialty.
In a press release, Dr. Jordan Safirstein, Interventional Cardiologist, said that "to have evidence-based medicine available in a convenient and navigable format is a boon to doctors and patients alike. It fosters a higher quality of medical management consistent with ACC guidelines."
"The fact that CardioSource was downloaded by so many healthcare professionals specializing in cardiology is indicative of the need for intuitive mobile healthcare apps that cater to specific specialties," stated Sanjay Pingle, president of Physicians Interactive Holdings in a press release. "Our hope is that mobile apps like CardioSource will allow time-strapped healthcare professionals to maintain a level of personalized, reliable patient care."
In 2009, Physicians Interactive acquired Skyscape for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, MobiHealthNews spoke to Physicians Interactive President Brett Miller who described Skyscape as having "evolved [into] kind of an Amazon of medical resources.”
Read the full press release after the jump.
Skyscape's CardioSource App Experiences Record Number of Downloads
In Just Over Three Months, CardioSource Has Been Downloaded by More Than 14,000 Cardiologists and Other HCPs
MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - Skyscape, Inc., a subsidiary of Physicians Interactive Holdings and leading provider of mobile apps trusted by more than one million healthcare professionals, recently partnered with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to develop the CardioSource Mobile App. Since its April 2 launch, CardioSource has been downloaded more than 14,000 times by healthcare professionals looking to make smarter decisions in real-time by accessing the most current content and studies in the field of cardiology.
"With CardioSource, I'm confident that the care I provide patients with is consistently in line with the latest guidelines and medical studies," said Dr. Jordan Safirstein, FACC, FSCAI; Interventional Cardiologist. "Guidelines are invaluable if you're in the office, rounding on inpatients or teaching residents and fellows. To have evidence-based medicine available in a convenient and navigable format is a boon to doctors and patients alike. It fosters a higher quality of medical management consistent with ACC guidelines. In our field, it's imperative to stay current. To have a resource like Journal Scan, right on your smartphone, provides busy cardiologists with the opportunity to read a journal article or two when we do have a free moment."
The app streamlines the decision-making process and improves patient care through on-demand access to a fully indexed set of all ACC/American Heart Association guideline recommendations combined with the latest evidence-based medicine content from CardioSource.org.
Currently, there are fewer than 30,000 practicing U.S. cardiologists, and the ACC predicts an increasingly growing shortage of cardiologists in years to come. CardioSource is a powerful tool that can potentially help ease the burden of this shortage by providing evidence-based, mobile medical information at the point of care. Today, all healthcare professionals are being asked to do more with less while still being tasked with providing high quality care. Utilization of mobile apps like CardioSource is one way healthcare professionals are leveraging next-gen technology in an effort to maintain quality care despite workforce shortages and increasing job demands.
"The fact that CardioSource was downloaded by so many healthcare professionals specializing in cardiology is indicative of the need for intuitive mobile healthcare apps that cater to specific specialties," said Sanjay Pingle, president of Physicians Interactive Holdings. "Our hope is that mobile apps like CardioSource will allow time-strapped healthcare professionals to maintain a level of personalized, reliable patient care."
To download the CardioSource app, visit www.skyscape.com/cardiosource. To install and use Skyscape's CardioSource Mobile App, you will need a CardioSource/ACC account. If you don't have one, you can set up a free account at http://www.cardiosource.org/.
Skyscape® is a leading provider of mobile apps for medical professionals, trusted by more than one million healthcare professionals worldwide. With more than 600 trusted resources covering 35 medical specialties, Skyscape enables physicians, nurses, students, and other healthcare professionals to provide quality patient care, save time and reduce costly medical errors. Unlike classic textbooks, Skyscape apps include advanced search, medical calculators, algorithms, and the ability to cross-reference multiple resources seamlessly, providing for optimal clinical decision support. Skyscape's unmatched breadth of trusted medical content is available for an array of devices, including Apple, Android, Blackberry, Palm, and several others. Skyscape, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Physicians Interactive Holdings LLC, is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.
About Physicians Interactive Holdings
Physicians Interactive Holdings is the leading resource for healthcare information, medication samples and mobile decision support tools to medical professional everywhere. We use the full power of our network to bring clinicians and Life Sciences Companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. Physicians Interactive Holdings has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions. Physicians Interactive Holdings is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. For more information about, visit http://www.physiciansinteractive.com
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers and bestows credentials among cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at http://cardiosource.org/ACC.