Another equivocal study on telehealth

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Mayo Clinic’s study of 205 participants over 60 (mean 80.3 years) with multiple conditions, to determine telehealth monitoring efficacy in lowering emergency room (ED) and rehospitalization, was unfortunately equivocal. “No significant group differences in hospitalizations and ED visits were found between the pre-enrollment period vs the post-enrollment period. Mortality was higher in the telemonitoring group.” Not too different than the two European studies we covered two months ago [TA 26 May]. A randomized controlled trial of telemonitoring in older adults with multiple health issues to prevent hospitalizations and emergency department visits. (Archives of Internal Medicine)