CareKit and Johns Hopkins Team Up to Improve Heart Attack Recovery


CareKit and Johns Hopkins Team Up to Improve Heart Attack Recovery

CareKit Blog 10/26/16


Patients who survive a heart attack have a long road to recovery which can be daunting and overwhelming for both them and their families. There are many unknowns after this major life event and patients may get limited answers to their questions, while in the hospital and head home with only a piece of paper to rely on for recovery instructions after discharge.


A perfect example is Mr. Sami Badra, a 30-year old heart-attack survivor. Sami recalls, “I was not using my time in the hospital properly…lying around and watching a lot of TV. In the last two hours before leaving I was given instructions, but never fully understood them. I left the hospital feeling alone.”


Johns Hopkins medical and cardiology physicians, Francoise Marvel, M.D. and Seth Martin, M.D., and colleagues Matthias Lee, Gavi Rawson, Jal Irani, and Ali Afshar, recognized a need for a resource that heart attack survivors could use from day one in the hospital through discharge and recovery to aid in a successful recuperation and ultimately a heart healthy life. The multidisciplinary team established synergistic collaborations across the Johns Hopkins University including the Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Carey School of Business, Arts as Applied to Medicine, Center for Innovative Medicine, Technology Innovation Center, Patient Safety Advisory Board, Patient Family Advisory Council, and community partnerships with YMCA and the American Heart Association to create the first cardiology CareKit App, called Corrie (Cor is Latin for heart).


The Corrie app, paired with the Apple Watch, offers the following:
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1. Welcome Page: preview of the Corrie App features and sign-in.

Corrie Health App

2. My Activities: track progress taking medications and completing other care tasks like engaging in physical activity. Reminders are included to help patients stay on track.

Corrie Medication RemindersCorrie Medication Cabinet

3. My Vitals: stay in tune with indicators of recovery like heart rate, blood pressure, physical activity, and mood.

Corrie VitalsCorrie Mood

4. My ABCs: empower with heart health understanding through engaging state-of-the art videos and easy-to-read summaries addressing life-saving cardiology topics including understanding why heart attacks happen and tips on how to prevent them in the future (ex. medications, diet, exercise, and smoking cessation). Patients, families, and caregivers can easily share in the learning experience by engaging with these videos on their mobile device and via Apple TV in cardiac unit hospital rooms during their stay.

Corrie LearningCorrie ABCs

Corrie Emmi Videos

5. My Follow-Up: schedule and track follow up appointments with doctors and cardiac rehabilitation.

Corrie My Follow-Up

6. My Connect: keep critical health information a click away, including medical cards (e.g., stent cards, insurance cards) and care team contact information.

Corrie My Connect

7. Apple Watch Combined with Corrie App: monitors cardiac recovery (steps, heart rate, activity goals) and keeps patients on track with medication reminders and doctor’s appointments that are critical for successful heart attack recovery.

Corrie Apple Watch

Starting this fall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, the MiCORE (Myocardial infarction, COmbined device, Recovery Enhancement) clinical study will enable heart attack survivors to use the Corrie app on their iPhone and Apple Watch. The study will investigate how this app can help empower patients, such as Sami, and help answer the elusive question of “now, what?”

For more information about Corrie, please contact Francoise Marvel, MD at

-The Johns Hopkins Corrie and Apple CareKit Teams
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