The first smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), the ‘Confirm Rx' (Abbott), has been cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Confirm Rx ICM is implanted under the skin in a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. Afterwards, the monitor works – via Bluetooth – with the free ‘myMerlin' mobile app which allows patients to continuously monitor for abnormal heart rhythms. The data can then be securely transmitted to a physician through the mobile app on a schedule arranged by the clinic.
The app allows patients to track symptoms proactively and view transmission history without having to contact the clinic to confirm data transfers. A data sync to the clinic can be instigated at any time by the patient.
“By offering a device that uses Bluetooth wireless technology from the patient's smartphone, we can help physicians easily and remotely diagnose potentially dangerous abnormal heart beats,” said Avi Fischer, MD, medical director of Abbott Cardiac Rhythm Management.
The device and mobile app are designed to allow for:
• Continuous heart monitoring using the patient's smartphone to record episodes of irregular heartbeat.
• The ability for patients to easily send their heart rhythm information to their doctor without interrupting daily activities.
• A discreet implant—the slimmest insertable cardiac monitor available today.
All wireless communications on the myMerlin app are encrypted and Confirm Rx limits communication to one single confirmed app.
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