Health Care 10/21/2020

Digital Health Engagement

Do you have an implanted device in your body, like a pacemaker?

This course will help you understand how that device can send life-saving information to your healthcare provider.

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Meet Simon. Simon is a race car driver.  But Simon doesn’t just drive fast - he also has a heart that beats too quickly.

While Simon doesn’t race anymore, his heart sometimes does.

Simon has a device in his heart that keeps his heart beating at a normal pace.  This device is a pacemaker and a defibrillator.

Simon’s device uses electrical pulses to keep his heart beating normally.  It can even “shock” his heart back to a normal beat when it starts beating too quickly or slowly.

But Simon’s heart device does something else very useful.  It is a remote monitoring device that sends information to his Digital Health Care Team!

A remote monitoring device collects information about you and your body and sends it to your Digital Health Care Team over the phone or internet.



Pacemakers, defibrillators, blood sugar meters and some home blood pressure cuffs are some examples of remote monitoring devices.

Your Digital Health Care Team is a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and technicians who work together to monitor and act upon the data coming from You, from your devices.

Simon used to have a Pit Crew that kept his race car engine tuned up.  Today his Digital Health Care Team does the same for his heart.

Simon’s pacemaker can send information to his Care Team while he is on the go.


Simon has a home monitor that receives information from his heart device, kind of like your phone sends music information to a bluetooth speaker.


A wireless transmitter in Simon’s home monitor sends information from Simon’s heart device directly to his Care Team.  It can send information about how quickly Simon’s heart is beating.



Simon loves his remote monitoring heart device!  It reminds him of his race car, which could send information wirelessly to his pit crew.



Simon’s Care Team, like his Pit Crew, can see problems arising even before Simon can sense them in his body.



If Simon’s heart starts to beat strangely or out of its normal rhythm, his heart device sends a signal to his Care Team.

If Simon’s heart starts to make sounds that may indicate heart failure, his device alerts his Care Team.

Simon’s heart device can even sense “water leaks” or fluid buildup in his lungs caused by a heart that isn’t pumping blood as well as it should.



Simon’s Care Team can respond to these problems very quickly, just like his pit crew could with his race car.  They call him when they get alerts from his heart device.



Simon’s Care Team can adjust his medications over the phone or even ask him to come into the office for a “pit-stop” to make things just right.



But constant communication between any race car driver (like Simon) and his pit crew (like his Care Team) is essential.

Like a race car driver holds his foot ready to hit the gas pedal, Simon keeps his home monitor turned on and ready to receive signals from his heart device.



Like any good race car driver, Simon also does his research.  He asks his Care Team to keep him up to date on the information collected from his heart device.



Because they stay in touch on a regular basis, Simon and his Care Team act quickly on any heart rhythm problems, concerning heart noises or water leaks into his lungs.


Learn from Simon to be a good driver of your own remote monitoring device: Keep in touch with your Care Team and ask to see scheduled test results from your device.

Clinical trial data shows us that remote monitoring with quick action can save lives.



Simon was always a racing champion.  But today he is also a remote monitoring champion!  He works with his Digital Health Care Team to stay on track.

Summary

• Data from remote monitoring devices in or on your body are important and can provide warning signs of health problems even before you have symptoms.

• So even if you are feeling fine, keep learning about your body’s new data and make sure that your home or smartphone monitor is sending information from your device to your Personal Pit Crew, your Digital Health Care Team.
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Chad E. Bonhomme, MD, MBA, CCDS

Chad is the founder of Human Telemetry LLC and Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Community Health Network in Indianapolis. He designs clinical workflow technology for implantable and wearable medical devices. He also loves open-wheel racing!


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