[Basic structural features of a cardiac telemedicine center for patients with heart failure and implanted devices, cardiac arrhythmias, and increased risk of sudden cardiac death : Recommendations of the working group 33 Telemonitoring of the German Cardiac Society].


Arbeitsgruppe Kardiologie/Ass. UCSF, Research, Peri Cor, Hamburg, Deutschland. [Email]


Heart failure is one of the most common diseases. It is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Since heart failure is age-associated, the number of patients with heart failure is constantly increasing. At the same time, the imbalance between the need for treatment and the provision of care is growing. Telemonitoring/telemedicine offers patients in rural or remote areas access to high-quality health care and enables fast access to specialists. The working group 33 Telemonitoring of the German Cardiac Society describes the characteristics and possible applications of telemonitoring/telemedicine in the treatment of patients with heart failure. Furthermore, quality criteria for cardiological telemedicine centres are defined. In addition to the personnel structure of a telemedicine centre and the competencies of employees, requirements for the technical infrastructure and the management of incoming data and alarms are described.


Heart failure,Structural and quality characteristics,Telemedical center,Telemedicine,Telemonitoring,