About Cardiac Rehab Service
Queensland Cardiovascular Group offer a medically supervised, home-based cardiac rehabilitation service to help patients reach optimal health when at risk of, or living with, heart disease. Our scientifically validated solution uses our smartphone app, QCG Rehab, as well as weekly phone calls from our dedicated cardiac rehab nurse to deliver a more convenient, flexible and engaging cardiac rehabilitation program, education and support from the comfort of your own home. Our app has been demonstrated to increase uptake, adherence and completion rates, which means better outcomes for our patients.
Our app is NOT a continuously monitored site: if you are experiencing chest pain, please call 000.
Why Cardiac Rehab is Important
Cardiac rehab is aimed at regaining functional ability after experiencing heart attack, angioplasty or heart surgery. By downloading the app and completing our 6-8 week cardiac rehab program, patients can improve their cardiovascular health and quality of life and reduce the risk of a future heart event, including heart attacks.
International research has confirmed that completing cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the chance of another hospital visit for a cardiac complaint by 50%.
Using QCG Rehab will help you:
- Complete your cardiac rehabilitation with fewer visits to the clinic or gym.
- Implement healthy lifestyle changes.
- Track your blood pressure, step count, medication, smoking and alcohol use and more.
- Increase your physical fitness and record details of your exercise sessions.
- Learn about your condition, heart health and your recovery with videos and online articles.
- Manage stress with guided relaxation audio.
- Stay on track with regular motivational and educational messages and phone calls.
- Ask your doctor or contact our cardiac rehab nurse using our Quick Enquiry form or phone 07 3016 1115 to see if you are eligible for cardiac rehab.
- If you are eligible, download QCG Rehab to your smart phone.
- In consultation with our cardiac rehab nurse, create your personalised cardiac rehab plan.
- Take an active role in your plan and take charge of the choices, lifestyle and habits that affect your heart health.
- Call 000 if you experience chest pain, new or worsening symptoms.
Who supplies the apps to QCG?
The apps are supplied by Cardihab Pty Ltd. Cardihab is a digital health company that exists to help patients reach optimal health when at risk of, or living with, heart disease.
What is the scientific evidence behind QCG Rehab?
Our Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation (DCR) solution implements a model of care that was scientifically validated in a world first randomised controlled trial (RCT). Randomised controlled trials are considered the "gold standard" level of evidence. In addition, our customers continued to achieve outcomes similar to the RCT in non-research settings, which speaks to translation into real world clinical practice, and health economic analysis indicates a positive cost-benefit ratio. Please contact us for a detailed discussion of efficacy, translation into clinical practice and health economics.
Is a home-based program as good as doing the program at the rehabilitation centre?
Yes. The "gold standard" randomised controlled trial research validating our model of care demonstrated clinical outcomes that were no worse than the equivalent centre-based program. Outcomes similar to those observed in the RCT are observed in "busines as usual" clinical (i.e. non-research) settings.
What about data ownership and access?
What type of phone do I need to use the app?
QCG Rehab apps run on Apple iPhones and Android-based smartphones produced by leading companies like LG, Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The easiest way to discover if our apps will run on your phone is to try installing the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Our apps are regularly updated to support the smartphone operating system versions officially supported by Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). We strongly recommend smartphone users follow the recommendations from Apple and Google and automatically install updates to their operating systems and apps.
The app works best on Apple iPhone 5s and later running iOS 9 or later.
The app works best on smartphones running Android 4.4 or later which support Bluetooth Low Energy v4.0 or later with an accelerometer that works with Google Fit. Many smartphones that meet these criteria, especially those released after October 2013 (Android 4.4 release date). We have first-hand experience of the app working on Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola Moto E G2, HTC Nexus 5 and HTC Nexus 5X.
Use with incompatible phones or tablets
While the app may run on incompatible phones (i.e. hardware/software combinations other than those listed above), some features may not be available. For example: 1) the app will run on iPhone 5 and earlier, but will not automatically count steps as the accelerometer hardware required to do is not included in iPhone 5; 2) the app will run on smartphones that do not have Bluetooth Low Energy v4.0, but will not be able to wirelessly acquire data from Bluetooth blood pressure monitors or weight scales.
Manual entry of step count, blood pressure and weight data is always available for those patients using incompatible phones. All other app features (e.g. education content, data entry for health measures, symptoms and exercise, review of goals set with the clinician) are also available on incompatible phones.
How much data do the apps use?
Less than 200Mb over a 6 week cardiac rehabilitation program. That's less than 20 minutes of high definition video streamed using apps like YouTube, Facebook or iView (you can do the math too after reading this Reddit post). Our estimate of <200Mb assumes the app is downloaded once and used normally.
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