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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9369532, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9369532
Research Article

HeartCare+: A Smart Heart Care Mobile Application for Framingham-Based Early Risk Prediction of Hard Coronary Heart Diseases in Middle East

1Software Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3CCIS, ACM, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Hoda Ahmed Galal Elsayed

Received 14 March 2017; Accepted 5 July 2017; Published 25 September 2017

Academic Editor: Jesus Fontecha

Copyright © 2017 Hoda Ahmed Galal Elsayed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Healthcare is a challenging, yet so demanding sector that developing countries are paying more attention to recently. Statistics show that rural areas are expected to develop a high rate of heart diseases, which is a leading cause of sudden mortality, in the future. Thus, providing solutions that can assist rural people in detecting the cardiac risks early will be vital for uncovering and even preventing the long-term complications of cardiac diseases. Methodology. Mobile technology can be effectively utilized to limit the cardiac diseases’ prevalence in rural Middle East. This paper proposes a smart mobile solution for early risk detection of hard coronary heart diseases that uses the Framingham scoring model. Results. Smart HeartCare+ mobile app estimates accurately coronary heart diseases’ risk over 10 years based on clinical and nonclinical data and classifies the patient risk to low, moderate, or high. HeartCare+ also directs the patients to further treatment recommendations. Conclusion. This work attempts to investigate the effectiveness of the mobile technology in the early risk detection of coronary heart diseases. HeartCare+ app intensifies the communication channel between the lab workers and patients residing in rural areas and cardiologists and specialist residing in urban places.