A new highly useful app has just been released by a group of cardiologists from the University of Oklahoma called iImplant. This is a free tool designed to help health care professionals in determining the appropriateness of ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) and CRT-D (Cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator) implantation. The app is based on the 2013 appropriateness criteria published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. The developers have essentially re-organized the published criteria guidelines in an extremely user-friendly fashion to allow for the simple and immediate assessment of the appropriateness of placing an ICD or CRT-D for specific patient populations or indications.
Similar to a prior app released by the same group, iCath, this tool follows a simple scroll and click format based on topic, leading to the ultimate conclusion of “appropriate – green”, “uncertain – yellow”, or “inappropriate – red”.
One of the other highlights is the powerful appendix section that provides not only basic ACC/AHA/HRS Guidelines for different device implantations and links to the full published articles online, but listings and summarizes major ICD and CRT-D trials. There are a few more perks which we’ll leave for you to discover.
In short, this is a solid, well-designed app that health care professionals, and in particular cardiology fellows, cardiac nurses, and practicing cardiologists, will find particularly useful if not invaluable. Another app that will definitely stay on this editor’s phone.