Boston Scientific Corporation, a medical devices and solutions company, recently announced that they have selected AT&T as the preferred wireless carrier for some interesting new product developments in North America.

Boston Scientific, awaiting FDA approval, will create pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and pacemakers (CRT-Ds and CRT-Ps) that have the ability to transmit implantable cardiac device data to physicians and other healthcare providers through AT&T’s wireless network.

While the current generation of their devices does not currently have this embedded technology, Boston Scientific expects its future generations of the LATITUDE Patient Mangement system to include them.  The current LATITUDE technology is limited in what it can do.  It does have the ability to detect clinical events between scheduled office visits and send a signal to a secured website accessible by the patient’s physician. 

Future iterations of the LATITUDE Patient management system will include cardiac devices that allow the transmission of data to physicians from locations in North America covered by the carrier’s network, without the need for landline-based technology. The information will be wirelessly transmitted, without any effort on the patient’s part and provide convenient care.

Wireless technology for implantable devices should come as no surprise to most people. The iMedicalApps team has previously discussed eCardio, a company that provides remote cardiac arrhythmia monitoring and believes that the use of mobile cardiac telemetry does, in fact, improve diagnostic accuracy. This, in turn, leads to more efficient patient care. It can be seen, then, that the potential technology already exists.

If and when Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for a device that transmit wireless signals, it will be the next evolution in patient care. By having a log of clinical events and access to a number of other metrics, physicians will have a clearer picture of how their patients are doing.

Joe Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President and President of the Cardiac Rhythm Management Unit for Boston Scientific explains,

“Physicians are asking for flexible connectivity solutions for remote monitoring systems that can improve efficiency. Boston Scientific is pleased to collaborate with AT&T and benefit from its depth and breadth of cellular technology expertise to help physicians and their patients.”

Source: Press Release