Our Evidence

Our remote Cardiac Rehabilitation solution provides clinicians with the ability to remotely deliver a scientifically validated, comprehensive Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program that is based on Australian guidelines.

The Cardihab model of care was scientifically validated in a world-first, randomised controlled trial (RCT) by researchers from CSIRO and The Prince Charles Hospital via the Australian E-Health Research Centre.

Published Results

Study 1: First randomised controlled trial (RCT) of smartphone-delivered cardiac rehabilitation improved cardiac rehabilitation uptake, adherence and completion

The RCT demonstrated that the model of care underpinning the Cardihab product improves patient uptake (+29%), adherence (+38%) and completion (+70%), while significantly reducing the number of centre visits (-86%) and delivering equivalent clinical outcomes when compared to centre-based care.  Importantly, both patients and clinicians report positive experiences of remote delivery in research and subsequent "business as usual" settings.

The research provides the evidence base for Cardihab's product and was published in the prestigious journal Heart. The paper was also acknowledged by Heart and Nature Reviews Cardiology as a world-first randomised controlled trial of smartphone-based cardiac rehabilitation.

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Study 2: Clinical study finds that offering digital health platform Cardihab increases participation in cardiac rehabilitation

A clinical study of patients with cardiovascular disease by Queensland Cardiovascular Group has found that offering a digital health platform, Cardihab, substantially improved participation rates in cardiac rehabilitation and contributed to reduction of hospital readmission.

The findings were published in the cardiovascular medicine journal JMIR Cardio in January 2021, and revealed that participation in cardiac rehabilitation improved from 21% to 63% when app-based cardiac rehabilitation (SmartCR) was offered as an alternative in addition to a conventional in-person program.

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Heart Journal

Heart is an international peer-reviewed journal that keeps cardiologists up to date with important research advances in cardiovascular disease.

Title:  Smartphone-based home care model improved use of cardiac rehabilitation in postmyocardial infarction patients: results from a randomised controlled trial

Marlien Varnfield, Mohanraj Karunanithi, Chi-Keung Lee, Enone Honeyman, Desre Arnold, Hang Ding, Catherine Smith, Darren L Walters

Nature Reviews

Nature Reviews Cardiology's clinical, translational, and basic science content is written by internationally renowned clinicians, academics, and researchers, and targeted toward readers in the biological and medical sciences field.

Title:  Smartphone-based cardiac rehabilitation

Karam Turk-AdawiSherry L Grace


Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2022

Title:  Improving uptake of cardiac rehabilitation with a smartphone enabled application and understanding barriers to success

John T Rivers, Carla Smith, Ian Smith, James Cameron

AFFILIATIONS: 1. Queensland Cardiovascular Group, Brisbane, Australia 2. St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane, Australia 3. St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, Brisbane, Australia


JMIR Publications

JMIR Publications is the leading open access digital health research publisher,  helping scientists to disseminate innovations, ideas, protocols, and research results to the widest possible audience.

Title:  The Impact of a Mobile App on Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Understanding Barriers to Success: Comparative Cohort Study

John T Rivers, Carla Smith, Ian Smith, James Cameron