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Home telehealth in older patients with heart failure – costs, adherence, and outcomes

Authors Spinsante S

Received 28 February 2014

Accepted for publication 15 July 2014

Published 18 September 2014 Volume 2014:2 Pages 93—104


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Susanna Spinsante

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy

Abstract: This short review discusses the role of telehealth technologies in the management of older patients with heart failure, from different perspectives. Instead of providing a systematic overview of existing literature in the field, this paper provides evidence for a simple, but effective, paradigm upon which a telehealth system may be built, and highlights how such a model may successfully apply to heart failure management, to improve patients' quality of life after discharge, increase independency, and reduce readmissions and costs for the public health institutions. A few examples are discussed, to show the real applicability of the proposed model and further confirm the effectiveness of telehealth, when properly designed and tailored to users' needs.

Keywords: remote health care, workflow, requirements

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