Remote Monitoring

Emory's Arrhythmia Center patients benefit from the latest innovation in technology - remote monitoring for pacemakers and ICDs (varies by manufacturer). Remote monitoring offers patients the convenient and timesaving option of having a device checked from home instead of coming into the clinic.

The remote monitor consists of a small battery-powered box with or without a detachable wand. At scheduled intervals, the patient connects the monitor to the home telephone line and places the wand on the skin overlying the defibrillator. The wand reads the defibrillator system and the monitor downloads and transmits data to a secure web server, a process that takes around 10 minutes.

All of the newer ICD systems and some pacing systems can communicate with the monitor “wirelessly” via radio wave, so the patient just needs to be within range of the monitor (10 – 30 feet) for communication to occur, usually in the middle of the night.

After a transmission is completed, Emory's Arrhythmia Center staff can log onto the secure web server and download a full device report. The wireless transmissions will report important information about the pacing or ICD system if there are abnormalities.

Emory's Arrhythmia Center is using home monitoring for routine device checks as well as for monitoring arrhythmic events that don’t require emergency care.

Atrial Fibrillation