Digital Pen-Based Telemonitoring of Elderly Heart Failure Patients

Abstract

Considering that a majority of elderlies are non-users of computers and Internet we developed a telemonitoring system for elderly heart failure (HF) home care patients based on digital pen technology - a technology never used before by this patient group. We implemented the system in clinical use in a 13 months long study. Fourteen patients (mean/median age 84 years) with severe HF participated. They accepted the technology and performed daily reports of their health state using the digital pen and a Health Diary form. Via the system the clinicians detected all HF-related deteriorations at an early stage and thereby prevented hospital re-admissions for all patients during the study, implying improved symptom control and large cost savings.

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-289-9-1062

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@article{Lind2013DigitalPT, title={Digital Pen-Based Telemonitoring of Elderly Heart Failure Patients}, author={Leili Lind and Daniel Karlsson}, journal={Studies in health technology and informatics}, year={2013}, volume={192}, pages={1062} }