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 Telehealth for Heart Monitoring

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Date posted: 16/11/2008

As one of an increasing number of cases detailing how telehealth?s remote monitoring capabilities can shift burden from centralised medical centres for a widening range of issues, Biotronic have put out a press statement on the telemonitoring of cardiac devices.

They have announced that remote monitoring of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) is a safe and effective alternative to conventional in-office follow-up care.

"The data demonstrates that the Biotronik Home Monitoring system safely reduces the need for conventional in-office visits, while improving follow-up adherence, and enables earlier evaluation of clinically relevant cardiovascular events," said Dr. Niraj Varma, Trust principal investigator, Cleveland Clinic. "Based on the results from this large-scale clinical trial, I believe remote monitoring may improve the way physicians care for patients with implanted cardiac devices."

In comparison with the control group of patients enrolled in conventional in-office follow up, clinical trial data from Trust show that remote monitoring:

* Reduces the number of in-office follow-up visits, while maintaining patient safety. The remote monitoring group had approximately half the total number of office visits as compared to the conventional follow-up group while achieving the same patient outcomes.

* Leads to earlier detection of arrhythmic events. In the remote monitoring group, the time from onset of the arrhythmic event to evaluation was reduced by 21-35 days compared to the control group, depending on the type of arrhythmia detected.

* Drives efficient use of clinic time. Eighty-nine percent of remote monitoring alerts were managed remotely and required no follow-up office visit. About 30 percent of unscheduled office visits among patients in both the control and study groups required physician interaction and were considered "actionable." However, unscheduled office visits that were triggered by the remote monitoring system nearly doubled the rate of treatment; more than 51 percent led to some action by the clinician, making better use of clinic time.

See the full Story via external site: www.biotronik.de

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