Telehealth and the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease

J Telemed Telecare. 2001;7(5):249-56. doi: 10.1258/1357633011936471.


The financial and personal burden of chronic cardiac disease is high. Costs are likely to increase over the next few decades. Promising applications of telehealth have appeared in the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease and there are indications that telehealth services can improve the management of chronic cardiac disease as well as extend services to remote and rural populations. Telehealth has been applied to the capture of symptoms of cardiac disease with electrocardiography and echocardiography, to the management and rehabilitation of recently discharged patients, and in peer-to-peer consultation where remote expertise can facilitate diagnosis. Telehealth promises cost reductions in service delivery, although there is a need for properly controlled cost-effectiveness trials to underpin telehealth with a firm evidence base.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Echocardiography / methods
  • Electrocardiography / methods
  • Female
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Heart Diseases / economics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Queensland
  • Remote Consultation / economics
  • Telemedicine / economics*