A new study tapping data from 11 research projects conducted by the Center for Connected Health in Boston demonstrates that connected health technologies can help patients manage their care, Healthcare IT News reports. Presented this week at the 13th annual telemedicine conference in Seattle, the study addresses various ongoing programs that provide additional evidence of the benefits of health technologies for patients, providers, employers and payers. Researchers at the center, a division of at Partners HealthCare in Boston, conducted the studies at Partners' affiliated hospitals, which include Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. They found, for instance, that initial feedback from participants in the center's Connected Cardiac Care program, which provides non-homebound heart failure patients with home telemonitoring equipment to transmit their daily vital signs and symptom reports, was overwhelmingly positive. According to the center’s founder and director, Joseph Kvedar, 100 percent of the participants credited the program with improving their overall health and helping them avoid going to the hospital. In a separate study, researchers found that electronic communication between providers and patients outside of regular in-office visits aided diabetes management. Kvedar notes that these findings support repeated reports that “connected health technologies are empowering patients to take a more active role in managing their health” and helping providers offer more timely care and information to help improve patients’ quality of life. He adds that “the technologies are rapidly evolving, giving us increasingly consumer-friendly, simple and effective tools to deliver quality care outside of a medical setting”(Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/9/08).