„HERO“ –The Heart Rehab Information Tool

Designing a digital prototype to support patients’ pathway to cardiac rehabilitation

What is this project about?

Previous research has shown that patients feel uninformed about further treatment after an acute cardiac event, such as a heart attack. Thus, it is often unclear whether the option of cardiological rehab exists and how to access it.

Therefore, our goal in the HERO project is to develop a digital prototype that provides patients with all vital information about cardiological rehabilitation after an acute cardiac event.

Who is involved in the project?

The research group in the HERO project consists of 10 cardiac patients, 7 health care professionals and a team of researchers from the LBI.

Current status

In three consecutive workshops, we collected content for the referral assistant and already prototyped some ideas. We took away interesting discussions around cardiac conditions and a lot of inspiration for the digital prototype. Based on the workshop results, the next step will be to develop an app for cardiac patients.


  • September 2022 – March 2024


  • This project is financially supported by the OIS Enrichment Fund of the OIS Center of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society.

Short explainer video to illustrate HERO (only available in german)

Project Lead

Isabel Höppchen, MSc