Electronic, mobile, digital health approaches in cardiology and for cardiovascular health.
Official partner journal of the European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth
JMIR Cardio (inaugural Editor-in-Chief: Nico Bruining) is a sister journal of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the top cited journal in health informatics (Impact Factor 2016: 5.175). It covers electronic / digital health approaches in cardiology and for cardiovascular health, which includes ehealth and mhealth approaches for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular conditions.
JMIR Cardio is also the official journal of the European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth. Best papers presented at the conference are selected for JMIR Cardio and as official partner organization, JMIR authors receive a discount (Promo Code: JMIRECARDIO17).
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Framework of remote postprocedural monitoring of patients undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Date Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Sep 29, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017
Background: The postprocedural trajectory of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) involves in-hospital monitoring of potential cardiac rhythm or conduction disorders and o...
Background: The postprocedural trajectory of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) involves in-hospital monitoring of potential cardiac rhythm or conduction disorders and other complications. Recent advances in telemonitoring technologies create opportunities to monitor the electrocardiogram (ECG) and vital signs remotely, facilitating redesign of follow-up trajectories. Objective: This study aimed to outline a potential set-up of telemonitoring after TAVR. Methods: A multidisciplinary team systematically framed the envisioned telemonitoring scenario according to the iPACT (intentions, People, Activities, Context, Technology) and FICS (Functionality, Interaction, Content, Services) method and identified corresponding technical requirements. Results: In the envisioned scenario agreed upon by the expert team, a wearable sensor system is used to continuously transmit the ECG and contextual data to a central monitoring unit, allowing remote follow-up of ECG abnormalities and physical deteriorations. Telemonitoring is suggested as an alternative or supplement to current in-hospital monitoring after TAVR, enabling early hospital dismissal in eligible patients and accessible follow-up prolongation. Together, this approach aims to improve rehabilitation, enhance patient comfort, optimize hospital capacity usage, and reduce overall costs. Required technical components include continuous data acquisition, real-time data transfer, privacy-ensured storage, sophisticated event detection, and user-friendly interfaces. Conclusions: The suggested telemonitoring set-up involves a new approach of patient follow-up that could bring durable solutions for the growing scarcities in healthcare and for improving healthcare quality. To further explore the potential and feasibility of post-TAVR telemonitoring, evaluation of the overall effects and impact on patient outcome and safety, social, ethical, legal, organizational, and financial factors is desired.