The European TeleCheck-AF project on remote app-based management of atrial fibrillation during the COVID-19 pandemic: centre and patient experiences

M. Gawalko, D. Duncker, M. Manninger, R.M.J. van der Velden, A.N.L. Hermans, D.V.M. Verhaert, L. Pison, R. Pisters, M. Hemels, A. Sultan, D. Steven, D. Gupta, H. Heidbuchel, A. Sohaib, P. Wijtvliet, R. Tieleman, H. Gruwez, J.L. Chun, B. Schmidt, J.J. KeaneyP. Muller, P. Lodzinski, E. Svennberg, O. Hoekstra, W.P.J. Jansen, L. Desteghe, T. de Potter, D.R. Tomlinson, L. Neubeck, H.J.G.M. Crijns, N.A.H.A. Pluymaekers, J.M. Hendriks, D. Linz*, TeleCheck-AF investigators

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Abstract

Aims TeleCheck-AF is a multicentre international project initiated to maintain care delivery for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) during COVID-19 through teleconsultations supported by an on-demand photoplethysmography-based heart rate and rhythm monitoring app (FibriCheck (R)). We describe the characteristics, inclusion rates, and experiences from participating centres according the TeleCheck-AF infrastructure as well as characteristics and experiences from recruited patients.Methods and results Three surveys exploring centre characteristics (n = 25), centre experiences (n = 23), and patient experiences (n = 826) were completed. Self-reported patient characteristics were obtained from the app. Most centres were academic (64%) and specialized public cardiology/district hospitals (36%). Majority of the centres had AF outpatient clinics (64%) and only 36% had AF ablation clinics. The time required to start patient inclusion and total number of included patients in the project was comparable for centres experienced (56%) or inexperienced in mHealth use. Within 28 weeks, 1930 AF patients were recruited, mainly for remote AF control (31% of patients) and AF ablation follow-up (42%). Average inclusion rate was highest during the lockdown restrictions and reached a steady state at a lower level after easing the restrictions (188 vs. 52 weekly recruited patients). Majority (>80%) of the centres reported no problems during the implementation of the TeleCheck-AF approach. Recruited patients [median age 64 (55-71), 62% male] agreed that the FibriCheck (R) app was easy to use (94%).Conclusion Despite different health care settings and mobile health experiences, the TeleCheck-AF approach could be set up within an extremely short time and easily used in different European centres during COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1015
Number of pages13
JournalEP Europace
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • eHealth
  • mHealth
  • Remote monitoring
  • Telemedicine
  • TeleCheck-AF
  • COVID-19
  • CARE

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