Medical Device Identification
The cardiac rhythm management (CRM) market continues to experience a rapid pace of accelerating change in global markets, leading to significant discussions around strategy and emerging business solutions. Never have we’ve seen a time when more trends are converging, leading to the need for transformational service models, seeking to reduce cost while delivering increasing value to hospital customers. These forces are having, or will soon have, a profound impact on everyone — from doctors to their patients to healthcare vendors. Strategic discussions are dominated by changes in the healthcare environment, which will affect CRM device manufactures ability to serve patients, while remaining profitable.
With the primary device manufacturers having proprietary technologies, as part of the normal care provider follow-up, these patients are monitored through a transmitter on a daily basis for concerns related to their device or abnormalities associated with their condition. These monitored events are similar for all vendors and are identified as a safety precautions with the respective vendor systems.
Recognizing the need to operate more efficiently, while reducing its service costs, new technologies have recently been introduced to the market allowing universal, vendor specific transmitters to be placed in ancillary venues in a hospital or practice enabling devices of all types to be quickly monitored. The best example is the placement of a transmitter in the emergency room. The value of a transmitter in the emergency room is that it allows a patient entering that venue to be quickly interrogated and for a determination to be instantly made whether there is a problem with their device or they have experienced arrhythmic or shocking episodes. This is an ideal workflow to reduce inappropriate readmissions to an organization, improve the patient care pathway and avoid the need to request a device rep to facilitate the unscheduled device interrogation.
As part of the workflow process described, it is not only important to have a centralized mechanism to monitor, but also to accurately identify the patient, and collect and organize implantable device data from the (CRM) device manufacturers to make it actionable for the provider care team.