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New telehealth programme to help heart failure patients stay out of hospitals

Published on Sep 4, 2014 12:04 PM

SINGAPORE - Heart failure patients may soon spend more time out of hospital and more time recovering at home with a new telehealth programme that is being piloted.

The Eastern Health Alliance (EH Alliance), of which Changi General Hospital is a founding member, is currently testing the new programme with five patients.

Each patient is given a personal health tablet, a weighing machine and a blood pressure monitor, which they must use daily. Each time they measure their weight, blood pressure and pulse, the readings are uploaded automatically to a central system via a 3G network, which is monitored by nurses.

The programme is expected to also help hospitals boost productivity and lower costs, given the high re-admission rate of heart failure patients. Heart failure patients are frequently re-admitted to hospital as they often fail to take their medication consistently or fail to watch their diety and fluid intake.

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