YARMOUTH, Me. – Wireless technology has little effect on medication adherence or outcomes for heart failure patients, according to a study published recently in the publication JAMA Internal Medicine.
While wireless technology and behavioral economic approaches have shown promise in improving health behaviors, the study’s authors wrote, the HeartStrong Randomized Clinical Trial did not back up the theory.
Some 1,500 patients ages 18-80 with acute myocardial infarction and taking a combination of medications participated in the study. The participants had been hospital inpatients for up to 180 days and discharged home.
About 1,000 of the patients used smart pill bottles, a lottery incentive and social support, with about 500 using usual care. The objective of the study was to see if the technological, financial or social interventions could delay subsequent vascular events.
The study’s authors found that there was no significant difference in medication adherence, hospital readmissions, medical costs or mortality between the two groups.