B M Birla introduces wireless monitoring for cardiac patients

Kolkata, Aug 22 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Kolkata-based B.M Birla Heart Research Centre in association with German pioneer in wireless remote monitoring technology, Biotronik on Thursday announced the eastern India launch of Cardiac Home Monitoring service that enables a physician to monitor his patient from anywhere.
Biotronik Home Monitoring (BHM) is an innovation in cardiac device technology pioneered by Biotronik, Berlin.
It helps patients to be monitored continuously and wirelessly by their physician from anywhere in the world and from any computer with an internet connection. This saves the patient from all the hassle of travelling to the doctor or hospital.
Cardiac Home Monitoring can be used for pacemaker, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)/HF devices implanted patients.

Prof. Vincent Paul, Royal Perth Hospital, Australia; Dr. Anil Mishra,  Cardiologist and Clinical Director of B.M Birla Heart Research Centre; Dr. Shuvo Dutta, Director Cardiac Intervention and Suyash Borar, Chief Operating Officer, were present at the launch.

Prof Vincent Paul said Biotronik has set a milestone with  its new Home Monitoring System, an advanced, evidence-based remote monitoring technology, with early detection of arrhythmias and other clinically relevant events, delivering simplified yet safe and efficient patient care.

He also explained briefly how the device works.

With the help of Cardiac Home Monitoring the physician is able to rapidly and easily review the patient’s clinical information and, if needed, make the appropriate adjustments to medication or device therapy to avoid further deterioration of the patient’s condition, he said.

Dr. Anil Mishra said “many people will be benefited from this technology”.

Dr. Shuvo Dutta talked about the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) friendly pacemaker which comes with the Cardiac Home Monitoring service.

Dr. Anil Mishra while talking about CRT benefits said that it is not inclined to one set of patient but a wide range of patient. He also added that heat attack can be prevented by taking preventive precaution as the device gives timely up-date about the patient’s condition.

The Cardio Messenger patient device transmits all the information via the cellular telephone network (GSM). The device is portable and easy to carry.

The advantage of remote monitoring includes on time monitoring and treatment of patient symptoms and events with reduction in patient hospital stays related to cardiac problem.

It also includes reduction in routine check-up, closer monitoring of devices longevity that may extend usage, reduced patient transport cost and staff time may also be saved.

It is priced approximately Rs 1 lakh with the pacemaker and can be used for lifetime.

Biotronik Home Monitoring uses an intelligent traffic light system which quickly and easily identifies patients with the clinically most relevant events to streamline clinic workflow and improve patient care.

B.M. Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata is a super speciality hospital dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis, treatment and research related to cardiovascular diseases.
(Reporting by Nawaneeta Subba)

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