Managing heart failure patients has become such a priority at hospitals that even device companies like Medtronic have jumped into the fray.
Medtronic bought a telemedicine company last year to help monitor these chronic patients from afar thereby helping hospitals not incur penalties from these same heart failure patients getting readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge.
Other hospitals are looking at heart failure management in different ways. At Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles , for example, physicians have created a heart failure management program that uses handheld ultrasounds instead of the humble stethoscope and reviews biomarkers of these patients to reduce readmission rates.
Mayo Clinic, however, appears to believe that there’s an app for heart failure management.
The venerable institution recently announced results of a small study at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Washington, D.C. that showed that...