The Feasibility of a Health Care Application in the Treatment of Patients Undergoing Radical Cystectomy

Meredith Metcalf, Vassili Glazyrine, Katie Glavin, Alexandra Dahlgren, Carrie Michael, Misty Bechtel, David Bishop, Martin Deruyter, Moben Mirza, John Taylor, Hadley W. Wyre, Jill M. Hamilton-Reeves, Jeffrey M. Holzbeierlein, Eugene K. Lee

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Purpose:Patients who undergo radical cystectomy of bladder cancer are at high risk for complications and hospital readmissions. Studies indicate insufficient preoperative education and perioperative monitoring. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of implementing a health care application to provide more patient education and more thorough monitoring perioperatively.Materials and Methods:Participants with home Wi-Fi access who were undergoing radical cystectomy were recruited for this pilot trial. Each subject was provided a tablet preloaded with the m.Care (LifeScience Technologies, Leawood, Kansas) health care application, an accelerometer and vital sign equipment. Participants were asked to watch educational videos, use the provided accelerometer and perform vital sign monitoring.Results:In 1 year 20 participants enrolled in the study and 15 completed it. The most frequently viewed videos were "Ileal Conduit versus Neobladder" and "Comprehensive Care Pathway." All participants used the accelerometer and 60% kept up with syncing the data regularly. The average step count preoperatively was 5,679 reflecting a sedentary population. Step counts decreased during the inpatient stay (1,351 steps) and trended toward baseline during the postoperative period (3,156 steps). Vital signs were recorded on 85% of assigned days and generated 33 triggers for intervention. While most triggers led to repeat assessment, education and encouragement, 4 participants underwent outpatient treatment, including cultures, intravenous fluids, antibiotics or dronabinol prescription, without the need for hospital readmission.Conclusions:Providing more education and monitoring perioperatively is feasible using a health care application. Testing is warranted to determine the extent to which implementation will improve patient triaging and reduce readmissions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-908
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • cystectomy
  • mobile applications
  • monitoring
  • patient education as topic
  • physiologic
  • urinary bladder


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