A new study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in April shows that a new smartphone app may help people receive improved stroke treatment. According to a news release from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the app is designed to make it easier and more efficient for physicians to manage care for acute stroke patients.

Claude Nguyen, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, first formed the idea for the app as a stroke fellow at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston.

Nguyen states, “Those who treat acute stroke patients often need to accomplish many tasks simultaneously. Not only do we need to deliver acute therapies such as intravenous tPA both safely and expeditiously, but also evaluate them for clinical trials, and mobilize appropriate resources toward these goals.”

Nguyen wrote the app and included features to help with quality improvement, ease communication, and screen for clinical trials. The AAN news release notes that the app is presently being used by physicians, nurses, and research support staff at UT.

Source: American Academy of Neurology