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Nation's First Implant of Bluetooth-Connected Heart Device at St. Elizabeth


St. Elizabeth Healthcare's Edgewood campus saw the first implantation in the country of a Bluetooth-enabled biventricular implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD).

The hospital network announced recently that the procedure was conducted by Dr. Mohamad Sinno.

The new device, the  Abbott Gallant, recently received FDA approval for a new technology assessment and is available in only a  few centers in the U.S. during this assessment phase.  

Internal defibrillators are implantable devices for patients who are at risk of life-threatening heart rhythm  problems.

“This next-generation device communicates wirelessly to the patient’s physician and also lets  patients access information about the device using an app on a smartphone,” said Dr. Sinno, a cardiac electrophysiologist with the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute.

This device is the first ever implantable cardiac device to communicate via Bluetooth with a smartphone app for the patient.  

The smartphone connectivity in this device is expected to substantially improve patient remote monitoring rates and patient engagement in monitoring. Research has shown that better patient engagement and compliance with monitoring translates into reduced hospitalizations, better clinical outcomes, and  improvement in survival, a news release said.

The smartphone connectivity offers patients flexibility compared to traditional  bedside monitors. The app allows easy transmission of data manually and access to device status such as  battery longevity, all done in a cybersecure mode with enabled two-way authentication.  

“At the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute, we are very excited to offer our community new and  enhanced technologies such as this device that have been proven to improve patient access to care, patient  compliance, and clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Sinno.  

-Staff report

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