Studies say an increasing number of heart failure patients are treated with a number of complex devices, i.e. cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Recently completed and ongoing clinical trials such as MADIT-CRT and EchoCRT provide evidence of a growing number of CRT patients, in need of individualised treatment. Rising demand for implantable cardiac devices and the simultaneous need for increased efficiency as well as enhanced patient comfort and safety significantly increase the need for remote monitoring technology.
Despite the wide availability of telemonitoring systems in many European countries, currently only around 1% of patients with implantable cardiac devices in Europe are being monitored remotely. The majority are still being followed up by conventional in-office follow-up schemes. By the end of 2008, approximately 23.000 European patients were being monitored remotely.