SmartHeart CABG Edu

  • Gabriele Di Giammarco
    Dep. of Neurosciences, imaging and clinical sciences, University of Chieti, Chieti, Italy
  • Tania Di Mascio
    Dep. of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
  • Michele Di Mauro
    Dep. of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
  • Antonietta Tarquinio
    Cardiology Unit, AUSL Pescara, Pescara, Italy
  • Pierpaolo Vittorini
    Dep. of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy pierpaolo.vittorini[at]


The paper reports on the SmartHeart CABG Edu Android app. The app was conceived to be an innovative and up-to-date tool for patient education, the first of its kind in the Italian context. In particular, the app was developed to provide educational material for patients about to undergo Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery, a set of self-assessment tools concerning health status (i.e., BMI calculator, LDL cholesterol calculator and anxiety assessment tool) and usability questionnaires (i.e., SEQ and SUS). The paper initially describes the app, then reports on its evaluation, concerning both the app usability and the pre-operative anxiety, and ends by showing the improvements -- derived from the usability evaluation -- put into practice.
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Di Giammarco, G., Di Mascio, T., Di Mauro, M., Tarquinio, A., & Vittorini, P. (2015). SmartHeart CABG Edu. ADCAIJ: Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal, 4(1), 22–33.

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