BIOTRONIK received the CE mark to introduce its CardioMessenger Smart device to the European market. It works with the company’s pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to share the implants’ status and patient cardiac data with physicians.
The device is fully automatic, passing the data via the GSM cellular network to physicians without any interaction from the patients. All that’s required is for the CardioMessenger Smart to be plugged in and within range of a GSM cellular signal anywhere in the world. The data is sent to the BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring system on a daily basis, as well as whenever an abnormal cardiac event is detected, letting cardiologists focus immediately on the patients in need of attention.
Home Monitoring alerts me to relevant changes in patient or device status, ensuring that I always see the right patient at the right time,” said Dr. Volker Leonhardt, director of telemedicine at Pacemaker and ICD Center (HIZ), Berlin, in a statement. “I can keep track of each patient without subjecting him to needlessly intrusive in-person follow-ups and react quickly when necessary. This has clear clinical advantages for the patient, especially for heart failure patients, who according to the IN-TIME study benefit from a mortality reduction of more than 50 percent.”