Background: We studied the feasibility of using the Veteran Health Administration's electronic health record (EHR), My HealtheVet, as an educational and monitoring tool for veterans with heart failure (HF). Methods: We enrolled 120 HF patients with a mean age (±standard deviation): 64.8 ± 9.6, range: 41-91 years. There were 105 (87.5%) non-Hispanics, 15 (12.5%) Hispanics, 91 (75.8%) whites, and 20 (16.5%) blacks, and 62 (51.7%) were married. Study participants received educational material on managing their HF and were monitored on their weight and HF symptoms weekly. Surveys on My HealtheVet use and secondary outcomes including knowledge of their illness, quality of life (QoL), and self-efficacy were conducted at baseline and 26 weeks after enrollment. Results: Among the participants, 55 (45.8%) had used My HealtheVet. The number of weeks each user responded to the weekly messages by the care coordinator ranged from 1 (4%) to 26 (100%) with a median of 8. Secondary outcome data were available for 54 patients (24 users and 30 nonusers) who participated in both baseline and 26-week surveys. There was a significant improvement in QoL (p < 0.01) among users of My HealtheVet compared with nonusers. There were no significant differences with respect to self-efficacy or HF knowledge. Use of My HealtheVet and ease in using the HealtheVet portal increased from baseline to follow-up. Conclusions: EHR-based interventions have potential for HF monitoring and case management, and may be feasible in improving QoL for patients.
- Electronic health record
- Health information technology
- Secure message
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management