Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cardihab?
Cardihab Pty Ltd is a digital health company that exists to help patients reach optimal health when at risk of, or living with, heart disease.
What is Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation (DCR) is the term we use to describe the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation using digital technologies. Our scientifically validated Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation (DCR) solution uses smartphone apps and web portals to give clinicians the ability to deliver more convenient, flexible and engaging cardiac rehabilitation services to patients. See the Solution page for more information.
What is the scientific evidence behind Cardihab's products?
Our Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation (DCR) solution implements a model of care that was scientifically validated in a world first randomised controlled trial (RCT). Randomised controlled trials are considered the"gold standard" level of evidence. In addition, our customers continue to achieve outcomes similar to the RCT in non-research settings, which speaks to translation into real world clinical practice, and health economic analysis indicates a positive cost-benefit ratio. Please contract us for a detailed discussion of efficacy, translation into clinical practice and health economics.
Is a home-based program as good as doing the program at the rehabilitation centre?
Yes. The "gold standard" randomised controlled trial research validating Cardihab's model of care demonstrated clinical outcomes that were no worse than the equivalent centre-based program. Outcomes similar to those observed in the RCT are observed in "business as usual" clinical (i.e. non-research) settings.
What about data ownership and access?
Cardihab's customers are health care provider organisations (usually hospital or health services). Those customers own all their data, which includes data entered by their clinical staff and patients. Cardihab acts as a custodian of that data, providing integrations to the customer's systems and meeting their policy requirements. Patients seeking access to personal health information entered into Cardihab's apps as part of a cardiac rehabilitation program should contact their cardiac rehabilitation clinician in the first instance.
What type of phone do I need to use the app?
Cardihab's apps run on Apple iPhones and Android-based smartphones produced by leading companies like LG, Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The easiest way to discover if our apps will run on your phone is to try installing the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Cardihab's apps are regularly updated to support the smartphone operating system versions officially supported by Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). We strongly recommend smartphone users follow the recommendations from Apple and Google and automatically install updates to their operating systems and apps.
The app works best on Apple iPhone 5s and later running iOS 9 or later.
The app works best on smartphones running Android 4.4 or later which support Bluetooth Low Energy v4.0 or later with an accelerometer that works with Google Fit. Many smartphones that meet these criteria, especially those released after October 2013 (Android 4.4 release date). We have first-hand experience of the app working on Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola Moto E G2, HTC Nexus 5 and HTC Nexus 5X.
Use with incompatible phones or tablets
While the app may run on incompatible phones (i.e. hardware/software combinations other than those listed above), some features may not be available. For example: 1) the app will run on iPhone 5 and earlier, but will not automatically count steps as the accelerometer hardware required to do is not included in iPhone 5; 2) the app will run on smartphones that do not have Bluetooth Low Energy v4.0, but will not be able to wirelessly acquire data from Bluetooth blood pressure monitors or weight scales.
Manual entry of step count, blood pressure and weight data is always available for those patients using incompatible phones. All other app features (e.g. education content, data entry for health measures, symptoms and exercise, review of goals set with the clinician) are also available on incompatible phones.
How much data do the apps use?
Less than 200Mb over a 6 week cardiac rehabilitation program. That's less than 20 minutes of high definition video streamed using apps like YouTube, Facebook or iView (you can do the math too after reading this Reddit post). Our estimate of <200Mb assumes the app is downloaded once and used normally.