St. Jude remote implantable cardiac device network nets CE Mark
St. Jude Medical has received European CE Mark approval of its patient care network, a Web-based remote care system for patients with implantable cardiac devices that gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, in clinic or remote follow-up from patients' homes.

With its open architecture and standards-based interface, PCN can be integrated with all standard EHR systems in hospital or clinic settings. The St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Jude said that patients with compatible devices can use the Merlin@home transmitter to send data directly from their devices to PCN. Physicians can even use PCN to schedule the remote follow-up to take place at night.

Remote monitoring provides daily checks on the patient's device. If the check reveals an event that may require intervention, the company said an alert will be posted on PCN and transmitted to the physician via email, fax or SMS text. PCN offers tools that allow the physician to choose when, where and how alerts are communicated during off-clinic hours.

A feature of PCN is DirectCall Message, a calling system that the clinic staff can use to leave up to four pre-recorded messages in approximately 20 languages. The system can be used to remind patients of an up-coming scheduled follow-up, notify them that they have missed a scheduled follow-up, inform them that their remote transmission has been received and everything looks normal, or ask them to call the clinic to discuss the results of the follow-up.