The success of mobile phone telemonitoring systems hinges both on their features and design, a study focusing on heart failure patients published late last week in theJournal of Medical Internet Research concluded. In particular, characteristics that led to improved care for such patients included ease of use, as well as immediate clinical
feedback with self-care instructions, according to researchers.
While the study was small--it used data from 22 patients attending the University Health Network Heart Function Clinic in Toronto over a 6-month period--the study's authors said that patients became more self-aware of their own behaviors, which improved their care-related actions.
No issues with regard to usage were found, and even those patients with little or no experience with mobile phones were successful in using the system.
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