SPOTLIGHT: Home telehealth, vitals monitoring cuts admissions for heart failure

A home-based interactive telehealth system with motivational support tools built in was able to reduce hospitalization rates by two-thirds, cut inpatient days by nearly three-fourths and significantly boost quality of life for patients with heart failure, according to a new study. The study, conducted in Spain and presented at the European Society of Cardiology's Heart Failure Congress 2010 in Berlin last week, found that patients given telemonitoring devices plus remote access to healthcare providers from home via their televisions and broadband Internet connections had far better outcomes and improvements in quality of life than those who only had access to the telehealth technology without vitals monitors. FierceMobileHealthcare

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