Telemonitoring after discharge from hospital with heart failure: cost-effectiveness modelling of alternative service designs

Praveen Thokala, Hassan Baalbaki, Alan Brennan, Abdullah Pandor, John W. Stevens, Tim Gomersall, Jenny Wang, Ameet Bakhai, Abdallah Al-Mohammad, John Cleland, Martin R. Cowie, Ruth Wong

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Objectives: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of remote monitoring strategies versus usual care for adults recently discharged after a heart failure (HF) exacerbation. Design: Decision analysis modelling of cost-effectiveness using secondary data sources. Setting: Acute hospitals in the UK. Patients: Patients recently discharged (within 28 days) after a HF exacerbation. Interventions: Structured telephone support (STS) via human to machine (STS HM) interface, (2) STS via human to human (STS HH) contact and (3) home telemonitoring (TM), compared with (4) usual care. Main outcome measures: The incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained by each strategy compared to the next most effective alternative and the probability of each strategy being cost-effective at varying willingness to pay per QALY gained. Results: TM was the most cost-effective strategy in the scenario using these base case costs. Compared with usual care, TM had an estimated incremental cost effectiveness ratio (ICER) of £11 873/QALY, whereas STS HH had an ICER of £228 035/QALY against TM. STS HM was dominated by usual care. Threshold analysis suggested that the monthly cost of TM has to be higher than £390 to have an ICER greater than £20 000/QALY against STS HH. Scenario analyses performed using higher costs of usual care, higher costs of STS HH and lower costs of TM do not substantially change the conclusions. Conclusions: Cost-effectiveness analyses suggest that TM was an optimal strategy in most scenarios, but there is considerable uncertainty in relation to clear descriptions of the interventions and robust estimation of costs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere003250
Number of pages9
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


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