In today’s interconnected world, where every action can be tracked, remote transmission of data through cardiac implantable electronic devces (CIED) isn’t very surprising. While remote access to CIEDs has exhibited significant improvements in patient’s condition as compared to conventional methods, it has also reduced in-office visits and the workload of healthcare providers. Through remote diagnosis, patient’s security, too, has been strengthened, resulting in lesser hospital visits and hence a reduction in healthcare costs. Furthermore, patient compliance in remote monitoring is far superior to in-office checks. Although this methodology is new, it is gradually gaining traction encapsulating the markets of almost the entire globe.
Contrary to the concerns of loss of face to face encounters with the caregivers, the satisfaction rate among remotely monitored patient is satisfactorily high. In fact, a majority of patients prefer this methodology compared to the conventional hospital visits. This preference can prove fructuous in countries that are still hesitant to adopt remote monitoring of CIEDs. It can also be implemented to serve city-dwellers that in spite of living in the vicinity of healthcare centers face challenges of mobility, work schedules, and abysmal traffic conditions.
In spite of the rewarding advantages of remote monitoring, it is true that such a measure renders a plethora of crucial medical data vulnerable to attacks. Therefore, in order to make remote monitoring viable, a stringent security protocol needs to be deployed, ensuring that the practice is not just convenient, but also extremely secure. All in all, the prospect of remote monitoring of CIEDs is promising as it can provide earlier detection of arrhythmia events or device malfunctioning, thereby enhancing patient condition through timely intervention and preparing the ground for better healthcare resource utilization and lessening healthcare costs, as a result.