Mobile heart disease risk calculator can interface with EHRs

A mobile tool that helps physicians predict the risk of heart disease for their patients is expanding its abilities and now can interface with electronic health record systems.

The Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) Risk Estimator, developed by the American College of Cardiology, uses "multiple algorithms within one analytic" to determine 10-year and lifetime risks for ASCVD, according to an announcement; the tool is available on Android and iOS devices, as well as via the Web. Now, through a partnership with health analytics company Apertiva, the tool can integrate with a provider's EHR.

"The whole industry is moving to free the data and allow physicians and patients to be able to integrate it with other tools," ACC CIO Dino Damalas recently told Health Data Management. Damalas added in the announcement that the partnership will broaden the availability of the decision support-tool, which already has been downloaded more than 250,000 times.

In a recent commentary posted to the ACC's "ACC in Touch Blog," Portland, Oregon-based cardiologist Tyler Gluckman wrote about the need for providers to get such systems to work for them, rather than against them.

"While there are countless frustrations with EHRs/EMRs, they are here to stay. ... Improving workflows is at the top of the list for ensuring success," Gluckman says.

Last March, eClinicalWorks announced that it could integrate fitness trackers and other wearables data into its subsidiary Healow (Health and Online Wellness) patient portal product. That same month, Cerner and digital health platform Validic also announced a partnership to enable patient-generated information to be added into Cerner's systems.

To learn more:
- here's the announcement
- check out the ACC blog post
- read the Health Data Management article