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Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 12, pp 2726–2727 | Cite as

Smartphone-Based Remote Health Monitoring—Implications for Healthcare Delivery in Patients with Cirrhosis

  • Jordan Sack
  • Nikroo HashemiEmail author
Concise Research Reports

INTRODUCTION

Cirrhosis is a leading cause of morbidity, hospitalization, and readmissions in the United States, which drive healthcare costs and increase mortality.1, 2 Healthcare delivery for these patients is often fragmented and inadequate.3 As patients with cirrhosis may be hospitalized with complications that have premonitory warning signs, smartphone-based remote health monitoring may allow for earlier detection of physiological abnormalities to reduce hospitalizations and to improve long-term outcomes.4, 5, 6 Our prospective study aims to investigate the prevalence of smartphone use among patients with decompensated cirrhosis and how they relate to clinical, demographic, and social characteristics.

METHODS

We conducted a prospective multicenter study of English-speaking patients with decompensated cirrhosis aged ≥ 18 years who received inpatient or ambulatory liver care at one of three urban academic centers (two are tertiary care and one has a liver transplant program)....

Notes

Acknowledgments

An interim analysis was accepted for poster presentation at the annual Digestive Disease Week conference, May 2019.

Author Contributions

JS: study concept and design, acquisition of data, interpretation of data, manuscript writing.

NH: study concept and design, interpretation of data, manuscript writing.

Funding

This study was financially supported by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Innovation Fund.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and EndoscopyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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