Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Heart Sound Challenge: Cardiac Auscultation Training iPhone Application Teaches How to Identify Eight Basic Heart Sounds

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During cardiac auscultation, or listening to the sounds of the heart, it is vital that a physician understand the standard sequence of events in the normal heart to be able to appreciate and make a physical diagnosis from heart sounds. Learning heart sounds through patients can be difficult due to time and auditory constraints.

This heart sound application allows physicians, medical students, healthcare providers, emregency medical services staff and others to practice cardiac auscultation at any time it is convenient. Repetition is an essential aspect of acquiring medical knowledge, and this application can enhance recognition of various heart sounds.

Heart Sound Challenge App Builds Heart Sound Identification Skills

This physician training iPhone application is designed to teach learners how to identify eight basic heart sounds. The “Heart Sound Challenge” includes three components to the application:

  1. Heart Sound Tutorials (didactic information about the eight basic heart sounds)
  2. Heart Sounds Challenge (an interactive game in which learners are asked to match the name of a heart sound with the sound)
  3. Heart Sound Comparisons (a tool that allows learners to compare the heart sounds and diagrams with one another). This program is an enhancement of a set of web-based modules contained in the Professional Skill Builder.

Applications 

  • Mobile learning tool for cardiac auscultation, basic heart sounds
  • Allows users to develop or refresh basic cardiac auscultation skills:

    • Medical students
    • Nursing students 
    • Physicians
    • Physician assistants
    • Health science professionals and students
    • Emergency Medical Services personnel

Advantages

  • Allows practice at any time it is convenient 
  • Includes three heart sound application programs:
  • Heart Sound Tutorials (didactic information about the eight basic heart sounds)
  • Heart Sounds Challenge (an interactive game in which learners are asked to match the name of a heart sound with the sound)
  • Heart Sound Comparisons (a tool that allows learners to compare the heart sounds and diagrams with one another). This program is an enhancement of a set of web-based modules contained in the Professional Skill Builder.