St Jude Medical announces European launch of remote cardiac care network
5 September 2009
St Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) has announced the European launch of the next generation Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN), a secure, Internet-based remote care system for patients with implanted medical devices.
Merlin.net PCN gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, in-clinic follow-up visits and from remote transmissions sent from a patient’s home. Remote transmissions can include both patient-initiated and automatic follow-ups and monitoring transmissions sent via a Merlin@home remote transmitter.
In addition to giving physicians more timely access to important patient and device data, the wireless monitoring system also allows physicians to compile a more complete patient record by easily transferring cardiac device data into electronic health record (EHR) systems.
The newest version of Merlin.net PCN, version 4.0, supports all radio-frequency (RF) St Jude Medical implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), non-RF Epic ICDs, Atlas ICDs, Current ICDs and Promote CRT-D devices, and now also supports the Accent RF pacemaker and Anthem RF CRT-P (cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker).
The Accent RF and Anthem RF product families use radio frequency (RF) telemetry that enables secure, wireless communication between the implanted device and the device programmer or Merlin@home transmitter.
The remote monitoring capabilities of these devices, facilitated by the Merlin.net PCN, permit automated hands-free follow-up, and daily device safety checks with no patient interaction required.
“Remote monitoring of ICDs has been an important development in the management of patients. Systems like the Merlin.net PCN allow us to monitor patients’ cardiac conditions more closely, and our patients and our staff find remote monitoring convenient and time-saving,” said Dr. Chris Plummer, Consultant Cardiologist at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, UK.
“Being able to wirelessly download data from a St Jude Medical Accent RF pacemaker confirms the optimal performance of both the pacemaker and the Merlin.net PCN. We look forward to extending the advantages of remote monitoring to more of our pacemaker patients.”
The latest version of the Merlin.net PCN also features the DirectTrend Viewer reporting capability, which can be used to enhance visibility into patient trends to simplify patient management and enhance clinical insight. The DirectTrend Viewer reporting feature allows physicians to track data over time related to clinical events, alerts, and recent transmissions.
“Our focus with this next-generation system continues to be on giving physicians timely, actionable data, and improving disease management,” said Eric S Fain, MD, president of the St Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. “Adding the DirectTrend Viewer Reporting feature helps improve the speed at which physicians receive and can interpret information, so they can effectively manage their patients’ conditions.”
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