Examples of what has been done

An intelligent communications platform allowing remote monitoring through non-invasive monitoring devices

Overview

The e-care project 1 2 offers an ‘intelligent’ electronic platform to remotely monitor HF patients and detect any sign of a deterioration of the condition.

What they did

The e-care project was piloted in Strasbourg in 2013, in order to optimise HF patient`s monitoring, allow for the early detection of deteriorations of the condition and ultimately reduce re-admissions to hospital and improve the patient`s quality of life.

 Participating patients had a console installed in their homes to collect and measure vital signs, e.g. ECG (electrocardiogram), heart sounds, weight and blood pressure. The console automatically processed information and created alerts if there were any signs for a worsening of the condition.

What they achieved?

So far 130 patients participated in the programme and around 1000 measurements were collected.

Resources and other practical implications

While the e-care project is still in its testing phase, the authors conclude that using more advanced technology in telemonitoring can help reduce hospital re-admissions in HF patients.

Links, references, and key reading

  1. Andrès E, Talha S, Hajjam M, et al. E-Care Project: A Promising E-Platform for Optimizing Management of Chronic Heart Failure and Other Chronic Diseases. Heart Research 2015;2(1):39-45.
  2. Andrès E, Talha S, Benyahia A, et al. E-santé : une solution d’avenir pour une prise en charge optimisée des pathologies chroniques. Innovations 2014;20(3):127-36.