Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body, and according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, about 5.7 million people in the US suffer of this condition and it results in 300,000 deaths every year. In patients with heart failure constant monitoring is required, follow-up appointments every 3 to 6 months are required and careful attention to symptoms are extremely important in order to stay healthy and avoid hospitalization. Currently, the cardiac monitoring market revenues are in excess of $400 million and are rapidly growing.
Tracking Heart Failure Symptoms
Researchers at the Pharmacy department at the University of Michigan are developing a mobile app that will let heart failure patients track their signs and symptoms, give them feedback of the progression of their treatments, and notify them when a visit to their health care provider is recommended. The app will also give the health care provider to have access to the historical evolution of the patient’s symptoms.
Applications and Advantages
- Home monitoring of heart failure related signs and symptoms
- Tracking of patients symptoms for use in diagnostics
- Reduction in 30 day hospital readmission rates
- Reduction in overall hospitalizations
- Reduction in health care treatments
- Improvement in patient’s quality of life
- Patient centered medicine with lower overhead costs and minimal provider time.