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Telemonitoring technology reduces death rate

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Providing patients with chronic heart failure access to telephone or telemonitoring technology reduces deaths and admissions and may also save money and increase people’s quality of life, a Cochrane review has found.

Australian researchers looked at 25 studies, involving 9, 500 patients with chronic heart failure.

Admission due to heart failure occurred at a rate of 164 per 1,000 patients with structured telephone support compared to 213 in a control group, and at a rate of 225 per 1,000 with telemonitoring compared to 285 in a control group.

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