Medication Adherence & Self-Monitoring: Chronic Heart Failure
Heart failure is a challenging chronic condition that requires daily symptom monitoring. Patients with heart failure often struggle to stay on top of the complex medication schedules necessary for managing their condition. Patients who are able to make healthier lifestyle choices (including better nutrition and increased physical activity), and adhere to their medication regimens, are known to have improved survival, decreased readmission rates and better quality of life.
- Partners HealthCare Connected Health conducted a research pilot program using the MedSentry electronic pillbox to determine whether this device could improve adherence for patients on these complex medication regimens. The pillbox holds up to 40 pills per day and offers medication reminders via both light and sound. Other study outcomes include hospitalizations and patient-reported quality of life. MedSentry, Inc. funded this study.
- We also conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility and patient acceptance of the iGetBetter web-and telephone-based self-monitoring program, its impact on heart failure-related quality of life measures and its effect on hospital utilization, compared to matched controls. This study was funded by iGetBetter, LLC.