SINGAPORE – A pilot telehealth program by Changi General Hospital and Royal Philips showed a 67% reduction in length of hospital stay for heart failure patients.
The year-long Heart Failure Telehealth program also showed a 42% reduction in costs and enhanced quality.
“Telehealth is a sustainable and scalable model that bridges the care delivery gap,” said Diederik Zeven, general manager, health systems, Philips ASEAN Pacific, in a statement. “At the same time, this care model also shows positive impact in treatment compliance, which results in better quality of life for patients.”
The heart failure patients enrolled in the telehealth program gained increased knowledge of their conditions and improved self-care abilities, resulting in a greater confidence in managing their heart conditions, said Dr. Sheldon Lee, program director and consultant at Changi General Hospital, in a statement.
The results of the pilot have contributed to the design and development of a national telehealth vital signs monitoring project initiated by the Singapore Ministry of Health. Following the pilot, CGH will be participating in this national VSM project to enable CGH patients to receive care after discharge from hospitals, as they return to their homes and the community.
A total of 150 heart failure patients from CGH were enrolled in the telehealth program and received telemonitoring support for one year. Their results were compared against a group that received support only via phone calls.
“It is important for patients with chronic conditions to feel that they are empowered and in control of their own health as it increases their capacity to take action,” said Lee. “We are delighted to see these encouraging results in the pilot and will continue to look into enhancing the program further so as to provide sustainable benefits for our patients in the long run.”