Children born with a single ventricle have it rough. Not only do they have a heart defect, but they also need to undergo three surgeries—one within days of birth, one before they turn six months old and one between three and five years of age. In the US, there are 3,000 babies with single ventricle heart defects, and 10 to 20 percent of those who undergo the first surgery die before having the second surgery.
This is where CHAMP (Cardiac High-Acuity Monitoring Program), an app that directly connects infants who have had a critical heart surgery with doctors, proves useful. The tablet-based app allows doctors to monitor high-risk children in real-time in an automated and accurate way. CHAMP allows doctors to quickly intervene in signs of danger and has reduced the mortality rate, while decreasing the burden on at-home caregivers.
For 17 patients who have each used the app for an average of almost three months, it generated over 70 automated pages or calls to the care team from 10 patients and resulted in seven hospital admissions for rapid interventions. All the 17 patients survived the time period between the first and second surgeries.