Congestive Heart Failure accounts for the most hospital readmissions annually in both cost and overall volume.
Most hospitals now standardize discharge instructions with instructions for patients to alert providers before subsequent CHF exacerbations. Unfortunately, this is not a closed loop system and in effect many patients become hospital "frequent flyers."
I propose a closed-loop, early warning system that alerts cardiology teams about potential CHF exacerbations before those patients present to the hospital. Body weight monitoring is commonly utilized to monitor patient status and response to CHF therapy. By utilizing a Wi-Fi enabled scale with a wearable FitBit-like wrist band, patients can seamlessly transmit their home daily weights and receive alerts to/from a centralized patient monitoring interface. This system will alert both healthcare providers and patients when weight reaches a threshold. This early data can guide subsequent outpatient outreach.
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