Amsterdam hospital chooses Philips remote system for cardiac monitoring

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St. Lucas Andreas Hospital of Amsterdam, Netherlands, has selected Philips Medical Systems’ Motiva system to monitor more than 100 chronic heart failure patients at home.

The hospital said it is the first in The Netherlands to introduce a remote monitoring system for cardiac patients into daily operations.

Using a broadband connection, the Motiva system sends the weight and blood pressure data to the hospital every day from a specially adapted weighing scale and blood pressure meter which the patient has at home, said St. Lucas. If the readings are too high, the system gives a warning signal and doctors can intervene immediately, the hospital said.

Through remote monitoring patients can also receive important information on diet and lifestyle, for example, together with tips on muscle strengthening and instructions on how to deal with fluid retention, according to Philips.