Project title: Getting to the Heart of It: Improving Heart Failure Outcomes with the Smart-HF program
Cardiomyopathy is an important contributing cause of Heart Failure (HF). Approximately 511,000 Australians are living with HF, with more than 73,000 new cases each year. Approximately half these patients have HF due conditions when the heart is starved of oxygen due to a reduced blood supply (ischaemic heart disease), and half due to heart muscle diseases, known collectively as cardiomyopathies.
When a person with HF is discharged from a hospital admission, their condition often deteriorates due to medication confusion and poor recognition of important signs and symptoms. This often results in hospital readmission. Poor health literacy, being elderly, frail, or from a culturally diverse background, all increase this likelihood.
Strategies to more effectively (self-)manage HF include reminders to adhere to a care plan, monitoring of clinical metrics (e.g., changes in physiological signs or symptoms) and providing feedback, and education about HF.
Building on our highly successful Smart digital Cardiac Rehabilitation program, we will codesign a new technology enabled program for people with HF, their carers, and healthcare professionals.
Our new Smart-HF program will improve the clinical management of people with HF in the community by addressing current barriers to effective healthcare delivery and providing tailored and individualised support for people living with HF.
TTRA Project Round: Two
- Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
- Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research, La Trobe University
- Western Health
- Tasmanian Health Service
- Northern Health
- TTRA: $740,153
- Industry Contribution: $250,000, $764,472 in-kind
Duration: September 2022 - October 2024