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Authors: Paul Atkin | David Barrett
Date: September 2012
Journal: Nursing Standard
Issue: Volume 27, Number 4
Keywords: Cardiac care, heart failure, patient monitoring, technology, telemonitoring
Telemonitoring involves remotely monitoring patients’ vital signs. It is an innovative and promising development in the care of people with heart failure that may reduce hospital admissions and the burden on the NHS, as well as improve patients’ quality of life and clinical outcomes. This article describes what telemonitoring is and explores the evidence base for its use. The role of the nurse in telemonitoring is also discussed, with particular reference to dealing with and responding to alerts. The development and implementation of new technology is essential to improve the delivery of healthcare and optimise patient outcomes, and telemonitoring may play an important role in the future of heart failure services.
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