Biotronik Completes Testing To Validate Its Home Monitoring® System

Abstract

BIOTRONIK, well known to our pages for its pioneering work in remote patient management solutions, has announced successful completion of its final interoperability testing process for BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, an Internet-based system for patient and implantable cardiac device information.

Background

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® is the first and only remote patient management system with FDA approval to replace device interrogation during in-office follow-up visits. It allows for the safe reduction of conventional clinic follow-up visits and early detection of patient clinical events, based on results of earlier trials. The system is unique because it allows continuous, automatic, wireless remote monitoring of patient and device status with daily updates—all independent from any patient interaction.

Implantable cardiac devices are also designed to capture and record information about medical device performance and patient heart rhythms that is vital to patient care. BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® quickly organizes this information and allows data to be sent directly and securely to a clinic’s or a hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system. That data is then available to include in the patient’s personal health record.

The connecting technology from the BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® system to the EHRs is called BIOTRONIK EHR DataSync®.

With immediate access to patient information through the secure BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® website, physicians can remotely monitor and assess patient device data and determine the level of care needed. Alert notifications can be customized to fit each clinic’s workflow, helping to optimize clinic efficiency.

The “Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise” (IHE) has developed a testing process to promote the adoption of standards that enable healthcare information to be shared seamlessly across clinical settings. The IHE’s goals are to drive standards for interoperability, to increase efficiency, and to reduce costs to healthcare customers, such as those in the cardiology, radiology and laboratory markets.

IHE “Connectathon”

During the week of January 9, 2012, BIOTRONIK participated in the  IHE North American Connectathon in Chicago, Illinois, to test its implantable device cardiac observation (IDCO) profile. This testing demonstrated the ability of BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® to connect to third-party EHR systems and cardiovascular data management systems using defined industry standards.

In conclusion

BIOTRONIK has proved the ability of BIOTRONIK EHR DataSync® to connect with widely implemented EHR vendor systems (e.g., Epic and Medical Micrographics), as well as emerging and established cardiovascular data management systems (e.g., ScottCare’s OneView™ CRM). This is a significant step on the road to sharing data seamlessly, which should increase productivity, eliminate redundant medical device management systems and improve clinical decision making and quality of care.

Source: Biotronik Inc