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Myriad benefits to remotely monitoring cardiac devices

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | May 13, 2015
Cardiology Emergency Medicine
HRS 2015
Today an estimated four million patients are utilizing implanted cardiac devices with remote monitoring, but the consensus among market analysts is that those numbers will more than triple over the next three years.

Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) 36th annual meeting, is currently underway at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where innovation in the remote monitoring segment is a topic expected to dominate conversation among attendees.

The benefits of remote monitoring impact hospital expenses, emergency room crowding, and can lead to better outcomes with less inconvenience for patients. Geneva Healthcare is one company at HRS showcasing a cloud-based system designed to meet the segment's growing demand.

Findings published in the Academic Emergency Medicine Journal suggest that the Geneva Healthcare Suite 2.0 can cut emergency room wait times by 92 minutes.

The system organizes device data from multiple sources on a smart phone or tablet dashboard in real time. "We want to help make the management of all this device data easier for cardiology practices by centralizing information in Geneva, which is accessible anytime and anywhere," said CEO of Geneva, Yuri Sudhakar, in a statement.

Sudhakar said patient engagement — a care objective CMS Stage 3 Meaningful Use — has been a priority in the system's development, "We are creating an advanced mobility platform that will allow for offices to automate scheduling and follow up for remote monitoring. This includes the ability for the physician and staff to directly collaborate with the patient through various channels."

Sharp HealthCare, a health delivery system out of San Diego, California, uses the Geneva suite in all of its emergency departments.

Without remote monitoring, "Patients with implanted cardiac devices are forced to wait hours for representatives from the device manufacturers to arrive and process data from the device," said Paul Patchen, vice president of Sharp HealthCare's Cardiovascular Service Line, in a statement.

With the Geneva suite he says hospital staff can understand the data instantly and make critical decisions about the patient's care.

The HRS 36th Annual Scientific Sessions event brings together over 250 educational sessions, more than 130 exhibitors showcasing their innovations, and over 8,500 attendees. The Heart Rhythm Society has a membership of more than 5,800 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world.

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