Successful Implementation of Telehealth Visits in the Paediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Population


Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network (ACTION) and Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS) convened a working group at the beginning of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of using telehealth as an alternative medium to provide quality care to a high-acuity paediatric population receiving advanced cardiac therapies. An algorithm was developed to determine appropriateness, educational handouts were developed for both patients and providers, and post-visit surveys were collected. Telehealth was found to be a viable modality for health care delivery in the paediatric heart failure and transplant population and has promising application in the continuity of follow-up, medication titration, and patient education/counselling domains.

This ACTION study was published online in July 2023 by Cambridge University Press in Cardiology in the Young. Congratulations to the authors:

  • Neha Bansal
  • Nikita D’Souza
  • Bethany L. Wisotzkey
  • Erin Albers
  • Renata Shih
  • Vernat Exil
  • Melissa McQueen
  • Joseph P. Hillenburg
  • Estela Azeka
  • Sabrina Law
  • David M. Peng
  • Matthew O’Connor
  • Robert Gajarski
  • Christina Vanderpluym
  • Angela Lorts
  • Aliessa Barnes
  • Melanie Sojka
  • Maria Bano
  • Megan Keating
  • David N. Rosenthal
  • Jennifer Conway
  • Katie Schroeder
  • Deipanjan Nandi

Bansal N, D’Souza N, Wisotzkey BL, Albers E, Shih R, Exil V, McQueen M, Hillenburg JP, Azeka E, Law S, Peng DM, O’Connor M, Gajarski R, Vanderpluym C, Lorts A, Barnes A, Sojka M, Bano M, Keating M, Rosenthal DN, Conway J, Schroeder K, and Nandi D (2023). Successful implementation of telehealth visits in the paediatric heart failure and heart transplant population. Cardiology in the Young, page 1 of 4. doi: 10.1017/S1047951123001312