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LEAP Virtual Visit Assessment (VIVA): a structured protocol for virtual visits for patients with heart failure

HumanInsight LEAP Virtual Visit Assessment (VIVA): a structured protocol for virtual visits for patients with heart failure

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2022 Oct 1;23(10):685-690. doi: 10.2459/JCM.0000000000001350.


AIMS: Telemedicine may be of benefit in patients with heart failure (HF), although virtual visits are often carried out on an ad hoc basis. Herein, we discuss a structured protocol that defines all the steps needed for virtual visits, LEAP Virtual Visit, which includes guides and support kits for clinicians and patients.

METHODS: A working group of clinicians was established to develop a protocol for virtual visits. The virtual model for monitoring HF patients was based on measurement and sizing of patient flows, type of services, and critical organizational points. The process of virtual visits was broken down to identify the specific activities, players, roles, and support tools needed for implementation in daily practice.

RESULTS: In the protocol developed, sections were included on patient eligibility, exams, supportive tools, and practical organizational aspects. IT requirements were also considered and the most widely used teleconference platforms were compared according to features that were considered to be priority for virtual visits. Protocols and support kits were developed, including guides for clinicians and patients, two questionnaires to assess the level of satisfaction, patient diary, disease awareness brochure, and template to monitor key performance indicators. The phases include an enrolment phase, document sharing phase, pre-evaluation phase, the virtual visit itself, and the post-visit phase. The protocol for the virtual visit was divided into 8 sequential steps to be carried out between the clinic and patient/caregiver.

CONCLUSION: The protocol described can be expected to have a number of benefits for the patient, clinic, and healthcare structure.

PMID:36099076 | DOI:10.2459/JCM.0000000000001350

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