SAN FRANCISCO – A study of patients self-managing risk prevention after acute myocardial infarction (MI) has found improved Patient Activation Measure (PAM) scores in patients using a coaching app on their smartphones.
The study was conducted by Vida Health, with Duke Clinical Research Institute and AstraZeneca.
“To date, there has been little research on the acceptance and efficacy of using smartphones to deliver coaching and personalized support to post-acute myocardial infarction patients,” said Stephanie Tilenius, Vida CEO and co-founder, in a press release. This study demonstrates that patients can achieve improved outcomes with Vida’s coaching and content tailored specifically to their needs and delivered seamlessly through their mobile device.”
The study found a statistically significant increase in pre- and post- intervention PAM scores in 10 cardiac patients using Vida’s coaching app. On average, the 21 participants engaged in one live video/phone consultation per week and opened the Vida app five times per week over the four-week study. Patients texted an average of 24 times per week and caregivers texted about eight times per week.
Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the program, with an average satisfaction rating of 8.3 out of 10.
“We believe these early results demonstrate the significant value of mobile-phone-based health coaching programs in augmenting rehabilitation in post-MI patients to reduce admission for cardiac patients,” said Dr. Tracy Wang of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.