Congestive heart failure (CHF) afflicts millions of Americans, and accounts for the largest share of rehospitalization of patients. Readmission rates for CHF patients have been high for more than a decade, resulting in unfavorable outcomes for patients and hospitals. One potential solution element is telemonitoring in the home. Allowing cardiologists to monitor patients with chronic diseases remotely has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions. This observational research (OR) study was based on anonymous secondary data from a CardioNet telemonitoring study conducted by a community teaching hospital in New England. The study was designed to answer the research question of whether telemonitoring can predict an imminent heart failure episode and, upon initiation of an intervention, reduce the number of hospital readmissions. The OR study also reported the effect telemonitoring had on the number of emergency department visits, medication changes, home healthcare visits, and visits to cardiologists or primary care physicians. The study did not have a sufficient number of participants to gain statistical power, but it highlighted the opportunity to learn more about the population of CHF patients in the community. The study also identified an opportunity for the use of mobile healthcare devices, big data, and analytics.
|Advisor:||Mohr, David C.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Epidemiology, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Big data, Cardionet, Congestive heart failure, Epidemiology, Telemonitoring, mHealth|
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