Boston Scientific offers CardioTeach iPad app

By Brian Dolan
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Boston Scientific CardioTeachLast week Boston Scientific launched an iPad app for physicians called CardioTeach, which medical professionals can use with their patients to discuss cardiovascular diseases. The app covers a number of diseases including atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and peripheral vascular disease.

The app helps physicians to customize and annotate anatomical illustrations; overlay cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and lead wires, onto anatomical illustrations; add notes for emphasis, clarification or personalization; email completed graphics and information to patients, caregivers or other healthcare professionals.

The app's release includes a testimonial quote from Dr Leslie Saxon, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Southern California: "Most medical device apps are designed to educate physicians on a specific product or therapy. CardioTeach is unique because it lets clinicians better educate patients about their overall heart and vascular health and available treatment options. I like CardioTeach because it allows patients to have something they can reference after they leave my office and when thinking about or explaining what went on during the office visit. It also allows my patients and families to educate themselves prior to and between visits."

Saxon worked with Boston Scientific on the concept version of its Latitude app about two years ago. At the 2009 Body Computing Conference in Los Angeles, Boston Scientific showed off a concept iPhone app, called Latitude Connected, that is currently focused on cardiac rhythm care management, but its full range of functions enable physicians to access patient records, monitor implanted devices, tap into patient support networks and schedule follow-up care. The prototype application was developed and conceived by Dr Saxon in conjunction with an iPhone development team in USC’s Viterbi Engineering School.

Boston Scientific is also a founding member of the USC Body Computing Center, which officially announced its founding members earlier this year.

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For more on Boston Scientific's new app, read the press release below:

Boston Scientific Introduces First iPad® App for Physicians to Educate Patients About Cardiovascular Diseases and Treatments

Video demonstration of CardioTeach™ app by Dr. Kenneth Stein available online

Oct 27, 2011

NATICK, Mass., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) introduces its CardioTeach™ iPad® app, an industry-first, free educational resource to help healthcare professionals better educate patients and caregivers about therapy options related to cardiovascular and peripheral diseases, specifically atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and peripheral vascular disease.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/43509-boston-scientific-cardioteach-ipad-app

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111027/MM93070)

CardioTeach provides an overview of normal heart function and common coronary, rhythm and peripheral vascular conditions. Graphics and easy-to-understand content enable a healthcare provider to effectively explain specific disease states and review available treatments and procedures with patients and their families, enabling them to make more informed decisions about their health.

CardioTeach's easy-to-use features allow physicians to:

Customize and annotate anatomical illustrations

Overlay cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and lead wires, onto anatomical illustrations

Add notes for emphasis, clarification or personalization

Email completed graphics and information to patients, caregivers or other healthcare professionals

"Most medical device apps are designed to educate physicians on a specific product or therapy. CardioTeach is unique because it lets clinicians better educate patients about their overall heart and vascular health and available treatment options," said Leslie Saxon, M.D., Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Southern California. "I like CardioTeach because it allows patients to have something they can reference after they leave my office and when thinking about or explaining what went on during the office visit. It also allows my patients and families to educate themselves prior to and between visits."

"A recent study shows that one in five physicians use a tablet computer in their practice. Creating an app that enables healthcare professionals to use this technology to enhance communication with patients and caregivers is a logical extension of our efforts to empower patients with information about Boston Scientific's therapies," said Kenneth Stein, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cardiac Rhythm Management for Boston Scientific. "As part of our commitment to patient education, Boston Scientific designed this comprehensive app to be available at no charge in the Apple App Store."

"Boston Scientific is an industry leader in the deployment of iPads to its U.S. sales force," said Rich Adduci, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Boston Scientific. "In August, the Company launched its Neuromodulation Learning Institute™ app, the industry's first educational resource for healthcare providers using spinal cord stimulation to manage chronic pain suffered by their patients. Today's announcement further demonstrates our dedication to using innovative technologies in new ways to deliver leading-edge information and services to healthcare customers and their patients."

Visit www.CardioTeach.com for additional information about CardioTeach™ for the iPad®.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.

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