New App iCath Arrives to Help Decide on Cardiac Cath Appropriateness

New App iCath Arrives to Help Decide on Cardiac Cath Appropriateness

iCath is a free tool available for your iOS device designed to assist health care professionals in determining the appropriateness of diagnostic catheterization and revascularization based upon the latest 2012 appropriate use criteria.

Description

iCath is a free tool available for your iOS device designed to assist health care professionals in determining the appropriateness of diagnostic catheterization and revascularization based upon the latest 2012 appropriate use criteria guidelines.

These latest criteria address 166 separate indications for diagnostic catheterization and 180 clinical scenarios for coronary revascularization. iCath takes each of these indications and reformats them for quick and easy access on your device.

iCath is an unofficial supplement to the appropriate use criteria and is not intended as their replacement. Please familiarize yourself with the latest criteria before using this app.

HOW IT WORKS:

iCath is divided into three sections.

1. Diagnostic – Based upon the 2012 appropriate use criteria for diagnostic catheterization, this section will ask you a series of questions about the presentation or imaging findings of your patient until you ultimately arrive at a recommendation of “Inappropriate”, “Uncertain”, or “Appropriate”.

2. Revascularization – Based upon the 2012 focused update on the appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization, this section functions similar to the Diagnostic tab, except it will give you recommendations for revascularization.

3. Appendix – The appendix contains valuable tools and definitions of the terms used throughout the appropriate use criteria.

iCath was written and designed by Weston Hickey, MD, a cardiology fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in collaboration with Marcus Smith, MD and Mazen Abu-Fadel, MD, FACC, FSCAI.

The authors have no conflicts of interest or disclosures.

A new medical app has arrived on the scene. This time it’s geared towards those in the world of cardiology. The app, called iCath, was developed by a group of cardiologists from the University of Oklahoma. The free tool assists health care professionals in determining the appropriateness of diagnostic angiography and revascularization in particular situations based on the updated 2012 appropriateness criteria published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. The appropriateness guidelines have been published to assist cardiologists to make good decisions based on data, best practices, and expert opinion in regards to performing angiography and revascularization in cardiac patients.

In a simple “green – appropriate, yellow – uncertain, red – inappropriate” format, the app addresses 166 separate indications for cardiac angiography and 180 clinical scenarios for revascularization. The app follows a simple scroll and click format based on topic, leading ultimately to a conclusion that performing diagnostic angiography or revascularization is either appropriate, uncertain, or inappropriate. It is very practical and non-time consuming and will be very beneficial for cardiology fellows, cardiac nurses, and cardiologists. This app will stay on my phone. Highly recommended.

Oh did I mention it was free and without ads?

Source : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icath/id541582015?ls=1&mt=8

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