What is the ACC Guideline Clinical App?
  What is the ACC Guideline Clinical App?
The ACC’s Guideline Clinical App is the mobile home of clinical guideline content and tools for clinicians caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. Through the App, clinicians can access executive summary guideline recommendations, “10 Points to Remember”, and interactive tools such as risk scores, dosing calculators and algorithms. The initial November release of the App contains content from the following guidelines:

  • Heart Failure
  • Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk (Prevention)
  • Treatment of Blood Cholesterol (Prevention)

In December, the App will be updated with two more guidelines:

  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation

The addition of more guidelines is planned throughout 2015.

  How should the App be used in practice?
  How should the App be used in practice?
The App is intended to help clinicians access guideline recommendations for clinical decision making, reference and study wherever they have a mobile device. Using the App, clinicians can

  • Search executive summary content, guideline recommendation tables and associated tables and figures
  • Use interactive tools to calculate risk scores, facilitate diagnoses, inform medication choice and dosing, etc.
  • Customize guideline content using “notes” and email function to capture thoughts, questions, etc. at any point
  • Organize the content and tools most useful to them using the bookmarks and “My Tools” function
  Is the Guideline Clinical App a point-of-care tool?
  Is the Guideline Clinical App a point-of-care tool?
Not quite yet. The goal of the Guideline Clinical App is to provide easy access to key guideline recommendations and interactive tools to support clinical decision making. This initial pilot App is the first step in offering a collection of guideline-based content and tools in a mobile format. Future enhancements will fulfill the vision of the App as a point-of-care tool.
  What does it mean that this App is a “pilot”?
  What does it mean that this App is a “pilot”?
This pilot App is an initial, trial version meant to test certain assumptions and inform the development of future, more expanded versions. This means: 1) the pilot only contains a limited amount of content, 2) the pilot is developed to meet specific goals and success metrics, and 3) there is ample opportunity for input by members and users to inform subsequent versions of the App. User feedback and the success of the pilot will help guide ACC in expanding the App to the rest of the guideline content in the way that is most useful to clinicians in practice.
  How will user feedback be incorporated into the App?
  How will user feedback be incorporated into the App?
The ACC is using this pilot period to collect user feedback through a variety of mechanisms – analytics, a feedback survey, usability studies and an impact study. Comments will be reviewed and translated into enhancements for the App’s re-release anticipated in 2015.
  Why does the App only contain five guidelines?
  Why does the App only contain five guidelines?
Because this is a “pilot” version of the App, the App is starting small with only five guidelines. Having a limited start helps the ACC use resources wisely and evaluate the product and process before getting too far along in the development process.
  How were the five guidelines in the App selected?
  How were the five guidelines in the App selected?
The five guidelines selected in the App were the most recent to be release or updated.
  Are there plans to add more than the five guidelines to the App?
  Are there plans to add more than the five guidelines to the App?
The results and success of the pilot will ultimately inform whether or not the ACC will move forward with including more guidelines.
  Are there plans to include other clinical documents, such as appropriate use criteria?
  Are there plans to include other clinical documents, such as appropriate use criteria?
The App is currently focused on clinical practice guidelines only. User feedback over time may indicate the need to include other clinical documents which the ACC could explore in the future.
  Where did the tools in the App come from?
  Where did the tools in the App come from?
The tools in the Guideline Clinical App come from two sources: 1) tables, figures, and algorithms directly from the guideline which are converted into interactive versions and 2) existing tools developed by the ACC as part of the Clinical Toolkits currently available on ACC.org.
  Are the tools in the App validated?
  Are the tools in the App validated?
Those tools developed from tables and figures within the guideline contain information validated as part of the guideline writing process. Tools from the Clinical Toolkits are based on the guideline, developed by ACC committee experts, and tested through face validity and small-scale pilot testing.
  How was the overall App developed and tested?
  How was the overall App developed and tested?
The pilot App was developed over six months by a multidisciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical experts. Over 30 individuals, including members from the ACC/American Heart Association guideline writing committees, were invited to review the App. Over 150 comments were translated into 72 change requests of which 76 percent were addressed in the pilot version. The App is led by a work group of the Best Practice Quality Improvement Subcommittee of the ACC Clinical Quality Committee. Testing of the pilot includes a usage study, usability studies and an impact study.
  Who is the intended audience for the App?
  Who is the intended audience for the App?
The App is targeted towards all clinicians who care for patients with cardiovascular disease.
  Will patients benefit from the App?
  Will patients benefit from the App?
The App is targeted toward clinicians, but is free to all users including patients. ACC patient tools from CardioSmart are available on the App as Appropriate.
  Will any personal or patient information be collected from the App?
  Will any personal or patient information be collected from the App?
No patient information is collected and stored in the App. Anonymous user behavior (i.e. number of people who downloaded the App, how many times a day the App was used) will be gathered through Google Analytics. In March 2015, a user name and password will be required for users to access the App. This login information will be used by the ACC to capture usage demographic information by user.
  How does the App address concerns over the usability of the guidelines?
  How does the App address concerns over the usability of the guidelines?
This App is one significant way in which the ACC is bringing the guidelines closer to the busy clinician through condensed, interactive formats on a mobile platform.
  Are there any plans to link outputs from the App to electronic medical records?
  Are there any plans to link outputs from the App to electronic medical records?
Electronic medical record capabilities are not currently built into the pilot, but are being considered as one way to increase the utility of the guideline App in the future.
  Is the American Heart Association involved in the development of this App?
  Is the American Heart Association involved in the development of this App?
The content and tools in the App are derived from the clinical practice guidelines jointly developed by the ACC, American Heart Association and other organizations. The pilot App is developed by the ACC.
  Where can I get the App/Is the App free?
  Where can I get the App/Is the App free?
The App is available for free download from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
  Where can I get help and submit suggestions for the App?
  Where can I get help and submit suggestions for the App?
There are several ways you can submit feedback for the App:

  • Contact the ACC at 202-375-6000 ext. 5603 or resource@acc.org
  • Fill out ACC’s official feedback survey through the “feedback” button on the App’s information page, or click here
  • Leave comments on the iTunes of Google Play page for the App