TEL-AVIV, Israel, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A study was conducted by St. Helena Health with chronic heart failure (CHF) patients, in which a group was monitored by Vaica's SimpleMed+. The smart medication management dispenser monitors adherence by logging every dose taken by the patient and outputting reminders. These reminders are programmable and can escalate from visual and audible alerts to text messages and emails. The results were very impressive. Adherence to medication was sustained at above 94.5%, 98% taken if including late doses as well, during the monitoring period and this was reflected directly in the reduction of ER visits and hospitalizations. Emergency Room (ER) visits were reduced by 68%; hospital admissions were reduced by more than 72%, resulting in 78% reduction in hospitalization days.
According to Dr. Rafael Canineu, geriatrician doctor and coordinator of Clinical Monitoring Center at St. Helena, "the usage of the device by CHF patients along with personal tracking and telephone calls by medical teams, nurses and pharmacists has guaranteed clinical stability and improvement to most patients, translated in a decrease of the passages in emergency room and hospital admissions."
Doctors usually classify patients' heart failure according to the severity of their symptoms. This is the most commonly used classification system, the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Classification: