Outpatient Telemetry Designed to Meet Patient and Physician Needs
CardioNet's Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) system was developed to address physicians' challenges in diagnosing arrhythmias and patients' need for an easy-to-use automated system. CardioNet monitors every heartbeat, non-invasively, during the patient's normal daily activities, for up to 21 days, and detects, records, and transmits event data automatically to the prescribing physician.
The system merges patient monitoring technology, wireless communications, and the Internet to allow targeted cardiac rhythm-related problems to be quickly identified, quantified, and communicated to the prescribing physician. The physician selects patient-specific monitoring thresholds and response parameters.
CardioNet's MCOT system is comprised of a sensor, monitor, and base:
- Patients wear three leads attached to a lightweight sensor worn on a neck strap or belt clip that continuously transmit two channels of ECG data to the monitor.
- The monitor analyzes the patient's ECG in real time, heartbeat by heartbeat, at home or away, as it is transmitted from the sensor. When the monitor identifies an abnormal rhythm, the data are automatically sent via cell phone or land line to the CardioNet Monitoring Center for review by a certified monitoring technician. The system does not require any patient interaction -- an important advantage since many arrhythmic events are symptom-free. However, when patients are symptomatic, they can use the monitor touch screen to report symptoms and activities, and simultaneously transmit their ECG.
- Whether at home or away, arrhythmic events are transmitted as they occur using the base and the patient's normal telephone line, or via an embedded cell phone using wireless communication.
The CardioNet Monitoring Center reports events, analysis, and symptoms to the physician daily by fax or via the Internet, according to physician preference. Daily telemetry reports incorporate heart rate trends and A Fib burden information, sample strips of detected arrhythmias, and other important diagnostic information. Urgent telemetry reports are sent to the physician immediately when critical events occur.