Telemonitoring on the Outcome of Heart Failure

Effects of Telemonitoring on the Outcome of Heart Failure Patients After an Incidence of Acute Decompensation

Heart failure is the most rapidly rising cardiovascular disease and has come to be recognized as a growing epidemic. Digital health interventions are the most recent iteration of an effort to promote individualized outpatient care through positive behaviour change theory. The UHN team has developed a highly automated and user-centered smartphone-based system, Medly, which allows for the telemonitoring of patients diagnosed with heart failure. The purpose of this study will be two-fold: 1) to determine if the introduction of Medly within two weeks of discharge will improve self-care management, quality of life, and clinical status, 2) to assess whether Medly will lead to a potential reduction in 30 day readmission rates amongst HF patients in the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN), without increasing the average length of stay or visits to the emergency department. These parameters will be measured as secondary outcomes.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Device - Medly

Medly) will enable patients with HF to take clinically relevant physiological measurements with wireless home medical devices and to answer symptom questions on the smartphone. The measurements will be automatically and wirelessly transmitted to the mobile phone and then to a data server. Automated self-care instructions/messages will be sent to the patient based on the readings and reported symptoms. If there are signs of their status deteriorating, an alert will be sent to a clinician that is more on

Effect of a Mobile Phone-based Telemonitoring Program on the Outcome of Heart Failure Patients After an Incidence of Acute Decompensation