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Medtronic introduces new cardiac remote monitoring system in US

Medtronic has introduced remote monitoring CareLink Express Service, designed to obtain data regarding the status of the company's implanted cardiac devices.

The US launch was based on the evaluation of CareLink Express Service in a 55-site pilot program over the past 6 months.

The results demonstrated that hospitals using CareLink Express were able to reduce patient wait times from an average of 84 minutes to less than 15 minutes.

Medtronic senior vice president and cardiac rhythm disease management business president Pat Mackin said the company’s data shows that CareLink Express reduces burdens on physicians and hospitals by increasing workflow efficiency and reducing operating costs.

"These efficiencies demonstrate that quality of care and cost reduction can work hand-in-hand; it’s not necessary to diminish patient care in order to reduce healthcare costs," Mackin added.