Heart failure is a serious disease which increases mortality as well as hospital admission rates for affected patients. Disease management programs supported by telehealth solutions are cost-effective approaches for reducing all-cause mortality and heart failure hospitalizations. A 6-minute walk test (6MWT) app could help heart failure patients to selfmonitor their functional capacity. We have developed such an application capable of tracking the geolocation, guiding users through a 6MWT and providing the walked distance after six minutes. Besides common global navigation satellite system (GNSS) filtering methods like a Kalman filter, we have investigated the impact of positioning the device (tablet) and GNSS reception on the accuracy of the test. In a field experiment, we gathered 166 6MWT recordings with the developed mobile application. Applying the Kalman filter reduced the overall relative error from 35.5 % to 3.7 %. Wearing the tablet on the body led to significantly better results than holding it in the hand (p < .001). The average accuracy of 2.2 % of body-worn measurements was below previously defined thresholds for reliable results. It thus allows to define a procedure on how to perform and integrate an accurate 6MWT in telehealth settings for clinical decision support in heart failure patients.
|Titel||2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)|
|Publikationsstatus||Veröffentlicht - 2021|
- Exploration of Digital Health