Goal of using remote monitoring is optimizing the quality of life of patients and the use of specialized healthcare professionals time.
Monitoring implies downloading data stored in the Pacemaker (PM), that includes:
- Parameters related with the security of the PM performance (battery, impedance, …)
- Registry of heart behaviour during Arrhythmia’s episodes
- Other health parameters, related with the health status of the patient and potentially useful for the deployment of advanced prevention functions.
Main advantages for patients are:
- Remote monitoring allows an increased follow up frequency, including automatic alarms. It allows an earlier identification of problems related with any miss functioning of the PM and also the appearance of any pathologies
- Patients will need to go to the Hospital only for relevant consultancies. It could imply saving long distance transportation and/or support from informal carers during working hours to accompany patients to a visit (reducing absents)
Main advantages for Health care providers are:
- Time saving in tasks with no added value for patients.
- More precise information with increased sampling rate per patient
- Alarms programming
The evidence on cost-effectiveness of remote monitoring based on worldwide clinical trials is growing. Feasibility and adequacy of the application of remote control will be assessed considering patient characteristics.