Remote Monitoring Stay connected. Keep going.

Overview

If you have an implanted heart device, ongoing care doesn't end at the implant. It's important to maintain a connection with your doctor or clinic for the life of your device. One of the best ways to do this is through remote monitoring.  


What is remote monitoring?

Remote monitoring is a way for your implanted heart device to communicate with your doctor or clinic using a small monitor, potentially reducing the number of times you have to travel to your clinic for an implanted heart device check.

Studies show that remote monitoring:

  • Helps doctors detect abnormal heart rhythms & issues with heart devices faster 1,2
  • Reduces hospitalizations and ER visits 3,4
  • Increases Quality of Life 4
  • Provides patients with a sense of security and peace of mind 5-7

Remote monitoring is prescribed by your doctor. It provides easy access to information that allows your doctor to:

  • Manage your heart condition
  • Monitor your implanted heart device
  • Obtain information from your implanted heart device on an as-needed basis

WHAT PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY

Robbie has a pacemaker (a non-wireless device); he sends his information manually to his doctor.  

Doug has an ICD (a wireless device); his information is sent automatically to his doctor (usually while he sleeps). 


Staying connected to your doctor is simple

Information from your heart device goes straight to your clinic. Your doctor will be alerted if there's a concern.

illustration of how remote monitoring works

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CareAlert™ Notifications are available for wireless devices only, and are designated by your clinic. 


1

Crossley GH , Boyle A, Vitense H, ChangY, Mead RH; CONNECT Investigators. The CONNECT (Clinical Evaluation of Remote Notification to Reduce Time to Clinical Decision) trial: the value of wireless remote monitoring with automatic clinician alerts.  J Am Coll Cardiol. March 8, 2011;57(10):1181-1189. 

2

Chen J, Wilkoff BL, Choucair W, et al Design of the Pacemaker Remote Follow-up Evaluation and Review (PREFER) trial to assess the clinical value of the remote pacemaker interrogation in the management of pacemaker patients. http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/9/1/18. April 3, 2008.

3

Small R, Tang W, Wickemeyer W, et alManaging Heart Failure Patients with  Intra-Thoracic Impedance Monitoring:  A Multi-Center US Evaluation (OFISSER). J Card Fail. August 2007;13(6); Supp 2;S113-S114.

4

Landolina M, Perego GB, Lunati M, et al.Remote monitoring reduces healthcare use and improves quality of care in heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators: the evolution of management strategies of heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators (EVOLVO ) study. Circulation. June 19, 2012;125(24):2985-2992.

5

Marzegalli M, Lunati M, Landolina M. RemoteMonitoring of CRT-ICD: The Multicenter Italian CareLink Evaluation – Ease of Use, Acceptance, and Organizational Implications. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. October 2008;31(10): 1259-1264.

6

Petersen HH, Larsen MC, Nielsen OW Kensing F, Svendsen JH. Patient satisfaction and suggestions for improvement of remote ICD monitoring. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. September 2012; 34(3):317-324.

7

Ricci RP, Vicentini A, D’Onofrio A, et al. Impact of in-clinic follow-up visits in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: demographic and socioeconomic analysis of the TARIFF study population. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. November 2013;38(2):101-106.