New Zealand is launching its first trial of a healthcare remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution using mobile technology to manage chronic illness in the home.

The three-month trial, focusing on 20 heart disease patients, will study how RPM improves health outcomes and enhances patients’ quality of life while reducing costs.

The study is being launched by the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), Telecom New Zealand Group member Gen-i and Alcatel-Lucent.

Participants will be provided with easy-to-use equipment for daily measurements that will automatically be transmitted via mobile phone to a secure online database monitored by the ADHB cardiac team.

The Alcatel-Lucent TeleHealth Manager provides reminders, alerts and online reports to help patients and their physicians better understand and manage their conditions.