Cost-effectiveness analysis of telemonitoring versus usual care in patients with heart failure: the TEHAF-study.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of telemedicine and telecare, Volume 19, Issue 5, p.242-8 (2013)


Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Female, Great Britain, Health Care Costs, Heart Failure, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Telemedicine


We examined the incremental cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring (TM) versus usual care (UC) in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). In one university and two general hospitals, 382 patients were randomised to usual care or telemonitoring and followed for 1 year. Hospital-related and home costs were estimated, based on resource use multiplied by the appropriate unit prices. Effectiveness was expressed as QALYs gained. Information was gathered, using 3 monthly costs diaries and questionnaires. The mean age of the patients was 71 years (range 32-93), 59% were male and 64% lived with a partner. Health related quality of life improved by 0.07 points for the usual care and 0.1 points for the telemonitoring group, but the difference between groups was not significant. There were no significant differences in annual costs per patient between groups. At a threshold of €50,000 the probability of telemonitoring being cost-effective was 48%. The cost effectiveness analysis showed a high level of decision uncertainty, probably caused by the divergence between the participating institutions. It is therefore premature to draw an unambiguous conclusion regarding cost-effectiveness for the whole group.