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St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Approval Of New Version Of Remote Patient Monitoring System

“The next-generation PCN was designed to advance disease management of cardiac conditions,” said Eric S. Fain, M.D., president of the St. Jude Medical Implantable Electronic Systems Division (IESD). “In addition to advancing monitoring features, we have added broadband capabilities to increase patient access to home monitoring technology. As a company, we continue to focus on developing innovative remote monitoring technologies that enable earlier interventions for clinicians and accessible solutions for patients.”

The remote monitoring capabilities facilitated by the Merlin@home transmitter permit automated follow-up appointments and daily device checks to occur wirelessly, with limited patient action required. This reduces unnecessary visits to the physician's office, while allowing physicians to become aware of changes with the patient's condition or device more quickly. In addition to giving physicians more timely access to important patient and device data, the wireless monitoring system allows physicians to compile a more complete patient record by easily transferring cardiac device data into electronic health record (EHR) systems.

About Patient Care Network (PCN)

Implantable cardiac devices are designed to capture and record information about device performance and patient heart rhythms that is vital to patient care. PCN organizes this information for fast analysis and easy review and allows data to be sent directly to a clinic's or a hospital's (EHR) system so the data is included in the patient’s comprehensive personal health record.

With immediate access to patient information through the secure PCN website, physicians can remotely monitor and assess patient device data and determine the level of care needed. Alert notification delivery times can be customized to fit in with physician determined clinic hours, including any after-hours processes the clinic might provide.

The PCN system adheres to patient privacy standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of health information, as set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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