Cerner has collaborated with Duke Clinical Research Institute in the US to develop an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) Risk Calculator app.

The app is intended as a tool to help doctors calculate a patient’s ASCVD risk at the point of care. The app is also intended to facilitate communication with patients about ways to live a healthier life to avoid the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Through the app healthcare providers can estimate a 10 year and lifetime ASCVD risk for patients based on information such as age, race, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status and diabetes status.

According to the developers, to facilitate shared decision-making between the patient and their doctor to guide treatment decisions, the app was designed to factor in a person’s willingness to take action to improve their health and the risks and benefits of potential therapies.

Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association now emphasise using the 10 year calculator to identify adults for statin therapy,” said Cardiology Fellow at Columbia University and former medical student at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr Pierre Elias.

“We wanted an app that would make it easier for clinicians to calculate risk at the point of care. Whether it’s the primary care clinic or a cardiologist’s office, I can’t tell you the number of times this can get missed when there are so many other problems to manage. Making it faster and easier to get news you can use leads to better patient care,” continued Dr Elias.

Cerner and Duke Clinical Research Institute worked together to develop the app through the Cerner Open Developer Experience (code) that encourages innovators to build apps that advance the healthcare industry.

Through Cerner’s open source code, doctors from Duke Clinical Research Institute provided clinical direction to create an app that could be embedded within Cerner’s electronic health record (EHR) for each patient. Cerner wrote, maintains and hosts the ASCVD Risk Calculator under an open source license.

“This collaboration demonstrates how the healthcare industry can come together to develop and continually improve an app that has the ability to save lives by the power of SMART on FHIR® open source standards,” said Vice President and Distinguished Engineer at Cerner, Kevin Shekleton.

“We developed this Risk Calculator for our client hospitals and health systems, but open source lets any healthcare organisation leverage the technology to help people live healthier lives,” continued Shekleton.

“We developed the app to be able to pull important patient health data across multiple EHR suppliers at different venues of care in order to get a full picture of how to improve that patient’s health,” said Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr Ann Marie Navar. Dr Navar is also a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute who led the collaboration.

“Cerner’s open platform encourages collaboration, which will help advance the way care is delivered regardless of the specific platform people are using,” concluded Dr Navar.

The ASCVD Risk Calculator app is available to healthcare providers in the SMART App Gallery and the code App Gallery.

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