Institution: Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für digitale Gesundheit und Prävention
Project lead: Isabel Höppchen, MSc.
Lindhofstraße 22, 5020 Salzburg
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Previous research has shown that after an acute cardiac event, such as a heart attack, patients can feel uninformed about the follow-up care and cardiac rehabilitation. Digital technologies have the potential to make health-related information available at any time and in a layman-friendly manner.

The aim of the project was to develop a digital prototype that provides patients with information regarding cardiac rehabilitation following an acute cardiac event.

The HERO-Project

The HERO co-design workshop series was carried out in collaboration between four scientists from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention (LBI DHP) and a total of 16 research partners (ten cardiac patients, six healthcare professionals and one professional with a cardiac patient history).

The workshops were based on the principles of generative co-design. In addition to presentations and group work, which enabled an exchange of experiences, the following methods were used to answer the questions: A brainstorming session in an acute hospital setting to prioritise information and to discuss where to possibly place information in the hospital. Afterwards, paper prototypes were designed to identify latent needs and to define requirements for a digital information support tool. Figure 1 shows impressions from the workshops.


Figure 1. Impressions from the co-design group work.

Based on the results of the co-design workshops, a digital prototype was developed that addresses the expressed needs and contains the defined requirements. The next step will be to develop an app, which will then be tested by cardiac patients in the acute hospital setting.

Get involved!

We are always looking for people who are interested in testing our app! Currently we are looking for:

  • Cardiac patients who participated in a cardiac rehabilitation programme
  • Healthcare professionals from the cardiology sector (nursing staff, therapists, doctors...)

Please feel free to get in touch with us!

Additional information and contact

Isabel Höppchen, MSc
PhD student Human-Computer Interaction

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention
Lindhofstr. 22, 5020 Salzburg

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