With the mass adoption of technology and digitization of health data, the medical field is transforming to deliver increasingly personalized care. For people that depend on implanted medical devices to help manage their chronic cardiac disease conditions, this digital health revolution have created a rapidly growing connection between them and their health care providers to deliver continuous monitoring, no matter where the patient is located.
Some of these implanted medical devices have the capability to constantly monitor, store and transmit a person’s vital signs, organ function or specific health condition data for years. More advanced and sophisticated implanted devices monitor, store, transmit, and even sense changing and potentially life-threatening health condition data to deliver lifesaving therapy to a person upon a moment’s notice. Imagine an instantaneous routing of data that then tells the implanted device to send a powerful shock to a person’s heart that has stopped beating or may be out of healthy rhythm.
These advances in medical device technologies and digital health communication networks represent astounding opportunity for the medical community to provide better health care for millions of people every day. Studies have also shown that these technologies and the patient data can save our health care systems billions of dollars a year through avoidable health care emergencies, a better understanding for the treatment of chronic health conditions, and the development of preventative health care programs.
That said, this rapid pace of medical technology and this “big data” wave crashing toward health care providers presents some challenges to our current health care systems.
In some cases health care providers are not adequately equipped to keep up with the big data digital health revolution wave. The quantity and complexity of some implanted medical device networks and patient health data does not currently fit with traditional Health Care systems and operations.
Within the cardiology field, break-through remote monitoring technology is giving health care providers near real-time help processing, interpreting and triaging patient attention based on the implantable device data. This smart data delivery, and more importantly, the health care provider response to that data, is critical to the life and well-being of that person.
This is particularly critical when hospital and clinic resources are dwindling while the need for more advanced, focused care of chronic illness such as Heart Failure is rising. Remote patient care outside the hospital and clinic is imperative to overall patient care, health care resources, and costs.
Increasingly cardiologists are partnering with these specialized outsourced remote monitoring companies to remote monitor their patients’ implanted devices, such as pacemakers and loop recorders. This enables the doctor and their health team to stay more closely connected to a larger numbers of patients, and the patients gain confidence knowing they are being monitored on a day to day basis.
Remote monitoring companies use a combination of bleeding edge technology and data analytics to process the information that comes from the implanted devices, and trained experts that interpret then stream triaged reports to the health care team to more quickly make the appropriate clinical decisions.
For example, Observational studies of Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and pacemakers found that remote monitoring would detect Afib 64 to 164 days earlier than in-office monitoring performed every 3 to 6 months, respectively. 
With patients’ lives at stake, the intersection of big data analysis and expert review now merge to deliver timely and intervention worthy patient data for complex chronic cardiac disease management. As more of the medical community adapts both the technologies and the new processes required to reap the benefits, we will all enjoy better patient outcomes and lower health care costs.