“Mobile technology to improve heart failure outcomes: A proof of concept paper”

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Background Heart failure (HF) causes significant symptom burden and human suffering with considerable economic burden due to hospital readmissions. Targeted interventions to encourage and support self-management behavior is warranted. Aim To test the proof of concept of a mobile application (HeartMapp) in improving self-care management of patients with heart failure. Method An exploratory inquiry used a field study strategy with purposeful sampling and constant comparative analysis to test the proof of concept of HeartMapp using The Business Model Canvas framework. Results A total of 125 individuals, who were identified as potential candidates to use the HeartMapp completed the interview over a seven-week period in 2016. Constant comparative analysis indicated themes that Skilled Nursing Facilities had increased readmissions. Participants from Skilled Nursing Facilities reported concern on lack of staffing, star rating, and malpractice claims. Two types of patients were identified as early adapters of technology and those in denial. Health care facilities reported challenges on transitional care, nurses struggle with engagement of patients on self-care management. To avoid readmission penalty, hospitals task home care agencies to keep the patients home for 30-days. While home care agencies rely on remote telemonitoring reported that current telemonitoring devices are costly to maintain, thus exploring novel technology. Conclusion The Business Model Canvas provided directions for future testing of HeartMapp for its usability as an adjunct device in home health setting to improve self-management and enhance communication with providers, and ultimately reduce readmissions.




Athilingam, P., Jenkins, B. A., Zumpano, H., & Labrador, M. A. (2018). “Mobile technology to improve heart failure outcomes: A proof of concept paper.” Applied Nursing Research, 39, 26–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2017.10.018

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