Review: ACC's ManageAnticoag App
Purpose: The purpose of ACC's ManageAnticoag App is to assist the provider in planning periprocedural anticoagulation, manage an acute bleed and develop a restart approach for patients in whom anticoagulation has been or is planning to be interrupted in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The information in this app was derived from the 2017 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Management of Bleeding in Patients on Oral Anticoagulants and the 2017 Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Periprocedural Management of Anticoagulation in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation.
Size: 30.8 MB
Compatibility: This app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is also available on GooglePlay and requires an Andriod 4.1 and up, along with an online web version that can be accessed at here.
Target Audience: The target audience for this app is all health care providers who encounter patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation or anticoagulation, whether it be in the periprocedural period or during a major or minor bleed.
Neat Features: The anticoagulation interruption plan can now be personalized to the patient. Once a plan is developed on the app, the recommendations can be emailed either to the patient themselves or to a referring colleague such as the surgeon or the primary care provider.
Comparable Apps: There are no comparable apps in the Apple or GooglePlay app stores that achieve this exact purpose. Pre-Op Evaluation apps target a more general question of "medication management" in the perioperative period without emphasis on anticoagulation, and therefore fall short of the level of detail provided by this app across the spectrum of anticoagulants. There also does not appear to be any apps that provide a step-by-step guide to managing bleeding in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation across the range of anticoagulation options.
Visit ACC.org/Apps to download this app and learn more about ACC's full suite of clinical mobile apps.
This article was authored by Sena Kilic, MD, editor-in-chief of the ACC On-Call For FITs Newsletter.