Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 173–186 | Cite as

Technology-Assisted Congestive Heart Failure Care

  • P. Iyngkaran
  • S. R. Toukhsati
  • N. Biddagardi
  • H. Zimmet
  • J. J.Atherton
  • D. L. Hare
Self-Care and Health Outcomes (T Jaarsma, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Self-Care and Health Outcomes


The interface between eHealth technologies and disease management in chronic conditions such as chronic heart failure (CHF) has advanced beyond the research domain. The substantial morbidity, mortality, health resource utilization and costs imposed by chronic disease, accompanied by increasing prevalence, complex comorbidities and changing client and health staff demographics, have pushed the boundaries of eHealth to alleviate costs whilst maintaining services. Whilst the intentions are laudable and the technology is appealing, this nonetheless requires careful scrutiny. This review aims to describe this technology and explore the current evidence and measures to enhance its implementation.


eHealth Heart failure Implementation Review Technology Telemonitoring 



All-cause hospitalization


All-cause mortality


Atrial fibrillation


Acute heart failure


Complex adaptive systems


Chronic disease management programmes


Congestive heart failure


Cardiac resynchronization therapy


Electronic health


Estimated pulmonary artery diastolic


Heart failure disease management programmes


Heart failure decompensation events


Heart failure hospitalization


Home health care


Heart rate variability


Implantable cardiac defibrillators


Information and communication technologies


Implantable haemodynamic monitoring


Left atrial pressure


Major adverse cardiovascular event


Minute ventilation


Pulmonary artery


Quality of life


Randomized controlled trials


Right ventricular


Atrial-to-atrial intervals


Standard operating protocols


Telemedicine, home telemonitoring, telemonitoring, telehealth, telemetry or telesurveillance. Wireless technology for remote follow-up


Compliance With Ethics Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

Pupalan Iyngkaran declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Samia R. Toukhsati declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Niranjan Biddargardi is the director of goACT Pty Ltd ( and holds shares in goACT Pty Ltd.

Hendrik Zimmet declares that he has no conflict of interest.

John J. Atherton declares that he has no conflict of interest.

David L. Hare declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


All co-authors have won independent and governmental research funding. Several members provide counsel to pharmaceuticals. None pose a conflict of interest for this short paper. Dr Iyngkaran is supported by the Heart Foundation of Australia Health Professional Scholarship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Iyngkaran
    • 1
  • S. R. Toukhsati
    • 2
  • N. Biddagardi
    • 3
  • H. Zimmet
    • 4
  • J. J.Atherton
    • 5
    • 6
  • D. L. Hare
    • 7
  1. 1.NT Medical SchoolFlinders UniversityDarwinAustralia
  2. 2.Austin HealthThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.eHealth Research, Mental Health Observatory Research Unit, Country Health SALHNMedical School Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Epworth Hospital RichmondRichmondAustralia
  5. 5.Royal Brisbane and Women’s HospitalUniversity of QueenslandQueenslandAustralia
  6. 6.Queensland University of TechnologyQueenslandAustralia
  7. 7.Cardiovascular Research, Heart Failure Services, Austin HealthUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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