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Today patients typically go into a doctor’s office or hospital to receive care. But that delivery model isn’t always efficient or convenient. Our fast-paced, technology-driven world demands healthcare solutions that work for patients and clinicians — wherever they are. With features like wireless connectivity and Bluetooth™*, healthcare technology can help keep everyone connected and deliver care that is efficient, effective, and accessible to those who need it most. Your doctor will see you now — but it might be by phone or computer.
Healthcare technology makes remote care possible — which is better for everyone. It’s transforming the way patients are assessed, monitored, and treated to make it more convenient for patients and to provide clinicians with better insights. Many of our connected devices can communicate directly with smartphones and tablets via mobile apps, making coordinating care with doctors easier and safer.
In fact, Medtronic is the only company whose entire portfolio of cardiac implantable electronic devices is compatible with a smartphone app. And our smartphone-connected insulin pump system can be used for patients as young as 2 years old, giving parents peace of mind about their children’s care. By connecting our technology to smartphones and tablets, we’re putting the power of healthcare into people’s hands.
Remote patient monitoring is a powerful tool that global health systems can use to stretch staffing resources while providing clinicians with actionable data in real-time. Remote monitoring has long been at the core of Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS). An established leader in telehealth, MCMS uses a combination of remote monitoring technology and care management services to help clinicians stay connected to patients with chronic conditions and post-acute recovery needs. This remote technology was especially useful during the pandemic, allowing providers to monitor respiratory infectious disease symptoms of high-risk patients at a safe distance and helping overburdened global health systems. “One of the outcomes of COVID-19 was a greater awareness that we are overly reliant on a very old school way of delivering care,” said Sheri Dodd, vice president and general manager of MCMS. “That wasn’t viable during COVID-19, and it’s not a sustainable, equitable delivery model.” But with connected care, we’re removing those barriers to quality healthcare.
Wireless connectivity is transforming the way many implantable cardiac devices operate, giving patients and their clinicians more flexibility, increased safety, and greater time management. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic ranked “smartphone-connected pacemaker devices” number three on its Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2021 list. With the power of Bluetooth™ technology and a simple phone app, following a remote monitoring regimen is easier than ever.
–Dr. Laura Mauri, chief scientific, medical, and regulatory officer at Medtronic
With remote training solutions, we can connect more people around the world with necessary expertise and extend the reach of global health systems. All it takes is a little innovation and commitment to advancing medical education. For example, our clinical support teams have found new ways — including augmented and virtual reality — to train medical professionals on our devices and therapies. When a doctor in Qatar reached out for help operating one of our implantable pain medication pumps, a Medtronic specialist more than 500 miles away in Saudi Arabia walked him through the steps via a virtual chat. Clinicians all over the world can prepare, practice, and teach procedures with our Touch Surgery™ mobile app. Our simulations have been accredited to provide continuing medical education and training and academically validated for more than 200 procedures across 17 different specialties. And it’s free to download.
Connected healthcare technologies help doctors meet patients where they are, anytime and anyplace. With more convenience and efficiency, our remote solutions are reinventing traditional models of healthcare, one connection at a time.
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