Remote access to patients with chronic heart failure (by telephone or telemonitoring) has a positive effect on health and wellbeing.

Researchers from Australia and Canada reviewed 14 studies of remote monitoring in more than 4000 patients.

Here are the results.

  • 21% reduction in hospital admissions for chronic heart failure
  • 20% reduction in deaths due to any cause
  • 3 of 6 trials evaluating health related quality of life reported significant benefits
  • 3 of 4 studies examining healthcare costs with structured telephone support reported reduced cost.

The bottom line?
It’s becoming clear that telephone, telemonitoring, and online computer programs are a valuable resource for patients and their healthcare providers.

Other successes using telephone follow-up have been reported with psychotherapy for depression, panic disorders when combined with the Internet, as an aid to social workers working with the elderly.

4/14/07 09:08 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.