Patterns in the Use of Heart Failure Telemonitoring: Post Hoc Analysis of the e-Vita Heart Failure Trial

Maaike Brons*, Iris ten Klooster, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, Tiny Jaarsma, Folkert W. Asselbergs, Marish I.F.J. Oerlemans, Stefan Koudstaal, Frans H. Rutten

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BACKGROUND: Research on the use of home telemonitoring data and adherence to it can provide new insights into telemonitoring for the daily management of patients with heart failure (HF).

OBJECTIVE: We described the use of a telemonitoring platform-including remote patient monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, and weight-and the use of the electronic personal health record. Patient characteristics were assessed in both adherent and nonadherent patients to weight transmissions.

METHODS: We used the data of the e-Vita HF study, a 3-arm parallel randomized trial performed in stable patients with HF managed in outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. In this study, data were analyzed from the participants in the intervention arm (ie, e-Vita HF platform). Adherence to weight transmissions was defined as transmitting weight ≥3 times per week for at least 42 weeks during a year.

RESULTS: Data from 150 patients (mean age 67, SD 11 years; n=37, 25% female; n=123, 82% self-assessed New York Heart Association class I-II) were analyzed. One-year adherence to weight transmissions was 74% (n=111). Patients adherent to weight transmissions were less often hospitalized for HF in the 6 months before enrollment in the study compared to those who were nonadherent (n=9, 8% vs n=9, 23%; P=.02). The percentage of patients visiting the personal health record dropped steadily over time (n=140, 93% vs n=59, 39% at one year). With univariable analyses, there was no significant correlation between patient characteristics and adherence to weight transmissions.

CONCLUSIONS: Adherence to remote patient monitoring was high among stable patients with HF and best for weighing; however, adherence decreased over time. Clinical and demographic variables seem not related to adherence to transmitting weight.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere41248
JournalJMIR Cardio
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023


  • adherence
  • eHealth
  • electronic personal health record
  • heart failure
  • patient monitoring
  • remote monitoring
  • telemonitoring


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