CARDIOLOGY: DEEP EFFECT OF DIGITALIZATION OF MEDICINE
Cardiology is one of the medical specialities that is benefitting the most from the advances in Internet Medicine in treatment of heart disease. Not only is there now an ability to monitor a patient’s vital signs and heart rhythms remotely, but there is also the creation of fantastic medical devices, such as the Vscan, and ViSi. The Vscan allows the cardiologist to easily visualize the patients heart valves at the bedside. And, since many of the clinical decisions of the cardiologist is based on data, it is a boon that these data are available anywhere, anytime. No longer does the busy CCU nurse have to be tied up reciting data over the phone to the cardiologist, but the cardiologist can directly be able to monitor the patient from their iPad, iPhone.
Also, there has been a big improvement on the use of the Holter monitor, for long-term, remote monitoring of hearth rhythms. The iRhythm now takes the Holter’s place. It is a device that is lightweight, can be worn for 14 days, and allows for transmission of the cardiac rhythm in real-time to the cardiologist’s internet device, or to his office. Again, this allows for more efficient, effective treatment for a possible electrical rhythm disturbance of the heart.
Wireless Sensors can also be implanted in the heart, to give real-time readings, and allow for remote monitoring of vital cardiac parameters wirelessly. See the following video which explains this technology, use and healthcare cost savings: