Implantable medical device specialist St Jude Medical has launched Merlin.net, a secure, Internet-based remote care system for patients with implanted medical devices in Europe.
The latest version of the Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN) gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, in-clinic follow-up visits and from subsequent 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.
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.
As well as 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 systems.
"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.
Dr Plummer added: "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."
According to St Jude Medical the latest version of Merlin.net PCN, 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.
From: "E-Health Europe :: St Jude connects to implantable devices"