The graph on the phone shows number of steps a patient has taken each day of the week.

CSIRO is using modern communications technology to allow home-based rehabilitation from acute cardiac events such as heart attacks. The graph on the phone shows number of steps a patient has taken each day of the week.

Dial H for health

Patients who have been treated in hospital for cardiac health problems, such as a heart attack, are being given a powerful new option to help set them on the path to good health. (5:01)

  • 6 May 2009 | Updated 24 November 2011

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It’s a surprising statistic that less than 20 per cent of people who have been treated in hospital for a cardiac event complete the standard six-week outpatient rehabilitation program.

CSIRO’s Australian E-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) and Queensland Health are reinventing cardiac rehabilitation programs by using mobile phone and web technology that will allow patients to undergo healthy lifestyle programs at home and still receive the appropriate medical support.

In this podcast AEHRC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney, explains how the system aims to monitor and motivate those recovering from cardiac health problems to achieve their personalised remedial goals.

The Australian e-Health Research Centre is a leading national research facility for health care innovations in information and communication technologies. It is a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government.

Read more about Cardiac patients trial home-based rehabilitation.

  • Addendum 23 February 2011: Dr Phil Gurney is no longer with CSIRO.