Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in China. AI Nurse is a digital health app, the result of a collaboration between Novartis and Tencent, that leverages the WeChat social media platform to make it easier for patients with heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases to manage disease progression.

Photo above: Jian Zhang and his wife check the AI Nurse app at home in Shenyang, China. Mr. Zhang is one of approximately 300 000 people in China using the AI Nurse digital health app.

Mr. Zhang cooks in his kitchen (Photo)

Mr. Zhang, a heart failure patient, cooks in his kitchen in Shenyang, China. Hospitals enroll patients with AI Nurse after treatment for a cardiac event. Patients send regular updates to their doctor via an AI-enabled chatbot, which provides medication reminders and recommendations for diet and exercise.

Mr. Zhang gathers onions grown in his yard (Photo)

Mr. Zhang, a keen gardener, gathers onions grown in his yard in Shenyang, China.

Dr. Yang Gao at a hospital (Photo)

Dr. Yang Gao at a hospital in Shenyang, China. Dr. Gao is one of 5 000 healthcare professionals at over 1 000 hospitals across 200 cities in China using AI Nurse to help their patients manage cardiovascular disease progression.

Dr. Gao examines data from the AI Nurse app (Photo)

Dr. Gao examines data from the AI Nurse app during a consultation with her patient, Mr. Zhang. AI Nurse alerts doctors to signs of deterioration, helping to determine if follow-up care is needed.

Mr. Zhang and his wife leave a hospital (Photo)

Mr. Zhang and his wife leave a hospital in Shenyang, China.