In Italy the number of patients affected by chronic heart failure is increasing together with the number of cardiac implants and of related follow-up (FU) issues. Nowadays, remote device monitoring can be a helpful solution for these issues. The aim of this study is to assess patients, healthcare system (with a focus on the hospital, the service provider) and societal costs incurred during implantable cardiac devices FU. A survey of 1,109 questionnaires was performed in four centers of North-Eastern Italy, involving implanted patients during their outpatient visits. The costs incurred by patients, hospitals and the whole society for FU visits have been assessed and the cost drivers have been identified. The study demonstrated that device remote monitoring can significantly reduce the number of visits and, consequently, the costs for each of the involved stakeholders.
|Translated title of the contribution||Follow-up of implantable cardiac devices: Socio-economic costs analysis|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy