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May 16, 2012

Royal Philips Electronics Announces New Device for Remote Wireless Monitoring of Arrhythmias

Royal Philips Electronics has announced the latest addition to the company’s remote diagnostic arrhythmia and remote patient monitoring portfolio, CardioCare Wireless Arrhythmia Services, to streamline the complex process of remotely monitoring cardiac patients and capture critical information sooner.

This new service is currently available only in the U.S.

Many companies now offer wireless cardiac monitors (some even in ambulances) that remotely watch over cardiac patients. But with Philips CardioCare, patients wear a one-piece monitor with an intuitive interface designed to help improve compliance.

Using this device, patients’ heartbeats are transmitted wirelessly to cardiac technicians at the Philips Clinical Evaluation Center, who can analyze them and alert cardiologists to critical patient data, according to a company press release.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally, accounting for 31.5 percent of female deaths, and 26.8 percent of male deaths. Sadly, almost two thirds of CVD related deaths occur outside the hospital, with most victims not surviving long enough to receive medical help.

But with remote cardiac monitoring, interventions can happen when the machines detect heart arrthymias or failures. 

Telehealth, in which remote monitoring systems play a large part, can lead to better outcomes, according to a New Zealand study, because healthcare providers can be aware of their patients’ health at all times and act when necessary, even when they’re not in front of them.

Some patients even have cardiac monitors implanted in their chests, providing better earlier warning.

In the past, monitors transmitted patient data over telephone lines. But sending it wirelessly is a safer, more secure form of transmission. The monitor received FDA-marketing clearance last year.

“The CardioCare monitor uses advanced device technologies from TZ Medical, Inc. including Monebo’s robust arrhythmia detection algorithms,” said John Lubisich, president, TZ Medical. “Pairing this latest technology with Philips’ experience in the cardiac monitoring space helps simplify the process of remote monitoring for physicians.”

Philips’ monitors give clinicians the ability to select the appropriate type of monitoring for each patient – for symptomatic patients (showing the symptoms of an illness), CardioCare is designed to help link their symptoms to their activity level.

For patients who do not experience symptoms, CardioCare can automatically recognize and record cardiac events. In either mode, the monitor remotely notifies healthcare providers of recorded events wirelessly back to the Philips call center, all without patients or caregivers needing to be involved.

Royal Philips also released a set of new set of Wi-Fi speakers and headsets for the lifestyle entertainment industry at the beginning of the year.

Edited by Braden Becker
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