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Insurers Test At-Home Technology, Monitoring Devices To Help Cut Heart Failure Hospitalizations

The Wall Street Journal: "Technology that aims to keep congestive heart failure patients out of the hospital is gaining traction. The idea is for heart patients to take readings like their weight, blood pressure and other key metrics using wireless and other technologies; the data are then transmitted to a case manager or medical care giver. That way health care givers can catch, and address, warning signs before the patient lands in the ER with shortness of breath or a heart attack. In the past, patients have found such technology difficult to use. But a number of managed-care companies are experimenting with electronic devices meant to make the process easier." One benefit of the technology is that it enables patients to stay in their homes. But, "patients shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security by the technology" because they systems can't detect everything (Johnson, 7/27). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.