Feasibility and acceptability of utilizing a smartphone based application to monitor outpatient discharge instruction compliance in cardiac disease patients around discharge from hospitalization

Aimee M. Layton, James Whitworth, James Peacock, Matthew N. Bartels, Patricia A. Jellen, Byron M. Thomashow

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and acceptability of utilizing a smartphone based application to monitor compliance in patients with cardiac disease around discharge. For 60 days after discharge, patients' medication compliance, physical activity, follow-up care, symptoms, and reading of education material were monitored daily with the application. 16 patients were enrolled in the study (12 males, 4 females, age 55 ± 18 years) during their hospital stay. Five participants were rehospitalized during the study and did not use the application once discharged. Seven participants completed 1-30 days and four patients completed >31 days. For those 11 patients, medication reminders were utilized 37% (1-30-day group) and 53% (>31-day group) of the time, education material was read 44% (1-30) and 53% (>31) of the time, and physical activity was reported 25% (1-30) and 42% (>31) of the time. Findings demonstrated that patients with stable health utilized the application, even if only minimally. Patients with decreased breath sounds by physical exam and who reported their health as fair to poor on the day of discharge were less likely to utilize the application. Acceptability of the application to report health status varied among the stable patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number415868
JournalInternational Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume2014
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Health Information Management

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