Remote Monitoring System Supports Proactive Heart Failure Care


September 14, 2010

To help support proactive patient care for those at risk for worsening heart failure, Medtronic introduced the CareLink Network for Heart Failure. The remote monitoring system is an extension of the current CareLink system for implantable cardiac device monitoring system.

The patient management solution provides heart failure physicians and nurses with important device data, which can help them better manage their patients. With CareLink for Heart Failure, clinicians remotely monitor heart failure device patients and their implantable cardiac device diagnostics, such as the OptiVol Fluid Status Monitoring and Cardiac Compass Reports. Together these features may help identify patients at risk of worsening heart failure.

The new CareLink for Heart Failure program makes it easier for clinicians to monitor heart failure patients with implantable cardiac devices, including cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, which improve the heart’s pumping efficiency or blood flow, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death or deadly arrhythmias. Remote monitoring has been shown to safely reduce the number of clinic visits and save patients and physicians time on follow up visits.

The CareLink Network for Heart Failure provides customizable CareAlert Notifications to help clinicians identify cardiac device patients at risk for worsening symptoms.

The system was introduced in the fall of 2010.

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