Using Mobile Integrated Health and telehealth to support transitions of care among patients with heart failure (MIGHTy-Heart): Protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Ruth M. Masterson Creber, Brock Daniels, Kevin Munjal, Meghan Reading Turchioe, Leah Shafran Topaz, Crispin Goytia, Iván Diáz, Parag Goyal, Mark Weiner, Jiani Yu, Dhruv Khullar, David Slotwiner, Kumudha Ramasubbu, Rainu Kaushal

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Introduction Nearly one-quarter of patients discharged from the hospital with heart failure (HF) are readmitted within 30 days, placing a significant burden on patients, families and health systems. The objective of the € Using Mobile Integrated Health and Telehealth to support transitions of care among patients with Heart failure' (MIGHTy-Heart) study is to compare the effectiveness of two postdischarge interventions on healthcare utilisation, patient-reported outcomes and healthcare quality among patients with HF. Methods and analysis The MIGHTy-Heart study is a pragmatic comparative effectiveness trial comparing two interventions demonstrated to improve the hospital to home transition for patients with HF: mobile integrated health (MIH) and transitions of care coordinators (TOCC). The MIH intervention bundles home visits from a community paramedic (CP) with telehealth video visits by emergency medicine physicians to support the management of acute symptoms and postdischarge care coordination. The TOCC intervention consists of follow-up phone calls from a registered nurse within 48-72 hours of discharge to assess a patient's clinical status, identify unmet clinical and social needs and reinforce patient education (eg, medication adherence and lifestyle changes). MIGHTy-Heart is enrolling and randomising (1:1) 2100 patients with HF who are discharged to home following a hospitalisation in two New York City (NY, USA) academic health systems. The coprimary study outcomes are all-cause 30-day hospital readmissions and quality of life measured with the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire 30 days after hospital discharge. The secondary endpoints are days at home, preventable emergency department visits, unplanned hospital admissions and patient-reported symptoms. Data sources for the study outcomes include patient surveys, electronic health records and claims submitted to Medicare and Medicaid. Ethics and dissemination All participants provide written or verbal informed consent prior to randomisation in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin or Russian. Study findings are being disseminated to scientific audiences through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences. This study has been approved by: Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY #20-08-329-380), Weill Cornell Medicine Institutional Review Board (20-08022605) and Mt. Sinai Institutional Review Board (20-01901). Trial registration number, NCT04662541.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere054956
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number3
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2022


  • adult cardiology
  • health policy
  • heart failure
  • protocols & guidelines
  • quality in health care
  • telemedicine


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