Arno W. Hoes, Berna D.L. Broekhuizen, Tiny Jaarsma, Yusuf Bhana, Leonie Klompstra, Massimo F. Piepoli, Floor Sieverink, Mitja Lainscak, Frank Ruschitzka, Petar M. Seferovic, Kim P. Wagenaar, Kenneth Dickstein, Anna Strömberg, Frans H. Rutten
In 2007, the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) launched the information website
heartfailurematters.org (HFM site) with the aim of creating a practical tool through which to provide advice and guidelines for living with heart failure to patients, their carers, health care professionals and the general public worldwide. The website is managed by the ESC at the European Heart House and is currently available in nine languages. The aim of this study is to describe the background, objectives, use, lessons learned and future directions of the HFM site.
Methods and results
Data on the number of visitor sessions on the site as measured by Google Analytics were used to explore use of the HFM site from 2010 to 2015. Worldwide, the annual number of sessions increased from 416 345 in 2010 to 1 636 368 in 2015. Most users (72–75%) found the site by using a search engine. Desktops and, more recently, smartphones were used to visit the website, accounting for 50% and 38%, respectively, of visits to the site in 2015.
Although its use has increased, the HFM site has not yet reached its full potential: fewer than 2 million users have visited the website, whereas the number of people living with heart failure worldwide is estimated to be 23 million. Uptake and use could be further improved by a continuous process of qualitative assessment of users' preferences, and the provision of professional helpdesk facilities, comprehensive information technology, and promotional support.