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Innovations sparking quantum leap in remote cardiac monitoring technology

April 17, 2019
Patient Monitors
From the April 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

2. Massive data blind spots. When the patient returns the monitor for analysis, more than 99 percent of the data are discarded. The physician can only “see” perhaps 1 percent of the total data. Only a fraction of the individual’s arrhythmias is compiled into short “clips” of heartbeats.

Today’s advances in big data storage allow us to record continuously for days or weeks, if desired. We can then make all full-disclosure data available 24/7, on demand to the physician, eliminating data loss.

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3. Analysis capacity limitations. Even where data are not lost, previous limitations on our ability to process or analyze the data efficiently meant it was useless: Exceedingly large amounts of data – thousands and thousands of individual heartbeats – had to be compiled by clinicians. This was overly time consuming, added expense (when it was done at all), and either added days to the diagnostic process, or negatively impacted clinical decision-making.

The artificial intelligence revolution makes it possible to rapidly analyze massive amounts of data in seconds. The result is a more informed diagnostic process.

4. Loss of critical onset data. Some devices required patients to manually activate devices when they weren’t feeling well – causing monitors to miss critical onset data in the minutes prior to an arrhythmia. These moments are critical for diagnosis, but too often lost to the physician with older devices.

Today’s advances in big data allow us to record continuously and store every single heartbeat. And advances in deep learning algorithms and artificial intelligence let doctors zero in on critical onset data in seconds.

5. Inability to switch modalities. If a cardiologist wanted to switch modalities between Holter, Event or MCT, the patient had to get fitted with a whole different device. Again, this caused days or weeks of delay, added additional labor and expense for the physician or provider, and most importantly, leaves the patient vulnerable to fatal arrhythmias during the monitoring period.

Today, doctors can switch modalities remotely and instantly. The result is more complete, multi-faceted diagnostic data – in a fraction of the time.

Benefits for providers
The next generation of ambulatory cardiac monitoring devices is also having a tremendous effect on physicians and providers with ownership of the entire service line. Today, we’re eliminating the need for expensive third-party middlemen. This puts physicians in direct touch with their patients and provides on-demand, full disclosure of patient data.

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