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Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

Ochsner Health is launching a remote patient monitoring program to monitor patients with implanted cardiac devices. The telehealth service is reportedly the first for cardiac care patients in several Southern states.

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By Eric Wicklund

- The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices.

The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive users of connected care technology, is partnering with Geneva Health Solutions on a telemedicine platform that will track patients with cardiac implants. The platform, which will integrate with Ochsner’s Epic Electronic Medical Record, is reportedly the first to be implemented for patients in Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.

“Innovation has been fundamental for Ochsner since its founding under the leadership of Dr. John L. Ochsner, Sr., who pioneered valve and coronary surgery,” Christopher White, MD, Director of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, said in a press release. “From performing the first heart transplant in the Gulf South to participating in more than 100 clinical trials, Ochsner’s cardiology team embraces new technology and procedures that improve patient outcomes.”

“Ochsner is committed to investing in patient-centric technology and are confident that partnering with Geneva Health Solutions will further enhance what we are able to offer our patient and coordinated care team through our electronic medical records platform,” added Todd Mule, Vice President of Ochsner’s Cardiology Service Line. “Ochsner’s investment in and enthusiasm for technology offers our patients enhanced coordination of care, convenience and better results.”

With RPM platforms gaining some acceptance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, hospitals and health systems are looking to telehealth and mHealth to push care management and coordination outside the hospital and into the home.

In terms of cardiac care, an RPM platform can assist healthcare providers in monitoring the millions of Americans with implanted pacemakers, defibrillators and loop recorders. The platform allows providers to receive patient data in near-real-time, enabling them to watch for cardiac issues as well as monitor the performance of the implanted device.

Geneva Health Solutions is one of dozens of digital health companies working with healthcare providers to capture, sort and deliver patient data from mHealth devices to the patient’s care team. Those companies are making their mark by managing that data so that providers only get what they want or need.

“The data deluge from these devices can overwhelm cardiac practices, physicians and staff,” Yuri Sudhakar, the New York-based company’s CEO, said in the press release. “With our platform and service, cardiology practices can focus on their patients, not data management.”

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