Boston Scientific’s Latitude NXT, a wireless remote patient management system that works with a handful of the medical device company’s pacemakers, has officially launched in Europe where a hospital in Italy implanted a Latitude-enabled pacemaker in a heart patient. The patient received an Ingenio SR pacemaker and a home-based wireless communicator. Latitude NXT is still pending FDA review for the US market.
The Latitude NXT system works with two other devices besides Ingenio SR pacemakers — Advantio pacemakers and Invive cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers.
Latitude NXT offers GSM cellular connectivity as an option. The system makes it easy for healthcare professionals to access information about their patients’ real-time pacemaker information. It also enables alert notifications via text messaging or email and it can integrate with some EMRs, too. Boston Scientific believes the EMR integration saves clinicians about 15 minutes, which is how long it takes to manually enter routine device follow-up data into EMRs.
Notably, Boston Scientific also offers wireless-enabled weight scales and blood pressure monitors for patients on its Latitude NXT system. This suite of devices helps physicians better monitor relevant biometrics. The system can also help doctors monitor respiratory and sleep apnea trending, according to the company.
Earlier this month Boston Scientific announced that the Ingenio pacemakers that will be able to connect to the Latitude NXT system in the future, have already rolled out in the US.
St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City was among those healthcare facilities to first give patients the connected technology. In its St. Luke announcement, Boston Scientific explained that the system would “let physicians conduct remote follow-ups of these device patients to monitor specific device information and heart health status.” The medtech company also noted that “the system will also detect clinical events between scheduled visits and send relevant data directly to a secure website, which can be accessed by physicians. This wireless technology will allow patients to transmit data to physicians from most locations in North America without the need for landline-based technology.”
Unfortunately, these devices and companion services do not yet make the data available to the patients whose very body they reside in. One patient, named Hugo Campos, has led a movement to help patients get access to the data that is being wireless streamed from their own bodies. (More on Campos’ story in this NPR story from last month.)
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