Friday, 3 December 2010

Feasibility of congestive heart failure telemanagement using a wii-based telecare platform.

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE 2010;1:2211-4.

Finkelstein J, Wood J, Cha E, Orlov A, Dennison C.

Chronic Disease Informatics Program, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

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A gaming platform has been used to implement a Home Automated Telemanagement (HAT) system for chronic disease management in the patient's home. The system questions patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) to monitor symptoms, weight changes, and quality of life while educating the patient on their disease. The system is designed to run on the Nintendo Wii videogame console using an active internet connection and the console's built in internet browser. It questions the patient daily on their condition, monitors their weight, and provides the patient with instant feedback on their condition in the form of a 3 zone CHF action plan. The system is designed to be as simple as possible, making it usable by patients with no prior computer or videogame experience. This telemanagement system has been successfully designed and implemented to optimize the care of patients with CHF.

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