ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital is offering Bluetooth-enabled pacemakers to patients, allowing them to share data with their doctors anywhere, at any time.
“It’s smart medicine for your heart,” said Dr. Aleem Mughal, a cardiac electrophysiologist on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff, in a statement. “Having an application that offers convenience, reduces health care costs and allows people with pacemakers to remain mobile is technology that benefits the patient and the physician.”
Previous pacemaker technologies allowed patients to connect via computer with their doctors using a stationary bedside monitor and a phone landline. With the Bluetooth technology, patients connect wirelessly using a hand-held monitor and mobile app.
Mughal said the device cuts down the number of routine doctor visits because patients can download heart data and check the pacemaker’s effectiveness by using the device’s Bluetooth technology wherever they are.
“With this technology, a patient can easily send information to me, and I’ll be able to determine if he needs to simply rest or immediately head to the hospital,” he said.
Using a small, hand-held “reader,” the patient places the device close to his chest. The device quickly sends detailed information, via Bluetooth technology, to the doctor.
“With the Bluetooth-enabled device, the patient is afforded more freedom because they’re not tethered to a monitoring device at the bedside every night,” said Dr. Charles Lampe, part of the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and the Texas Health Physicians Group, in a statement. “It’s all connected wirelessly and that’s innovation helping both of us.”
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States with 29 hospital locations that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.