STANFORD, Calif. – Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and LifeMap Solutions have updated the MyHeart Counts research app.
The app is driving one of the largest studies of cardiovascular health ever conducted, said researchers in a statement.
“The researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have an unparalleled understanding of the value and impact of digital tools on medical research and patient health,” said Corey Bridges, CEO of LifeMap Solutions, in a statement. “The co-developer relationship between our organizations is aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of major medical conditions through practical, effective and engaging mHealth solutions.”
MyHeart Counts 2.0 collects data about physical activity and cardiac risk factors that will be used to improve prevention and treatment of heart disease through smartphones. The app also allows users to monitor their activity and view a comprehensive assessment of their heart health.
With the introduction of the Stanford Coaching Module, participants are assigned one of five available profiles based on their patterns of activity. Based on their designated profile, they receive personalized prompts intended to improve upon their activity level.
In addition to the new modules, the re-engineered app introduces additional graph comparisons and a graphical redesign of the app to increase engagement.
“We know when it comes to changing key health habits, such as physical activity and daily sitting time, one size definitely does not fit all,” said Abby King, Ph.D., professor of medicine and of health and research and policy at Stanford, in a statement. “Yet, until the advent of mobile apps and other e-health programs, we’ve had few options for customizing messages and feedback to individuals in real-time.”