In July 2009, a New York woman became the first American recipient of a new generation of wireless cardiac pacemaker that monitors the patient 24/7 via WiFi Internet connection, and that pacemaker, Anthem by St. Jude Medical, was named by Igor.
St. Jude hired Igor to come up with the perfect name for this breakthrough product, and we delivered. An Anthem is a rousing, joyous rallying cry of a song that many people can sing together, just as the Anthem pacemaker "sings" its patient data to the Internet, allowing doctors to monitor patients and catch future heart irregularities before they become critical.
Put your hand on your heart and sing along with me…
From the Anthem press release:
The Accent and Anthem product family features RF telemetry that enables secure, wireless communication between the implanted device and the programmer used by the clinician or a home monitor, making it the first integrated system of pacing devices with wireless telemetry from implant through follow-up. Wireless communication is used when clinicians implant the device and during follow-up appointments, which can be performed in the clinic or via remote monitoring from the patient's home.
"The Accent RF pacemaker and Anthem RF CRT-P are representative of St. Jude Medical's dedication to providing early insight into actionable information for physicians," said Eric S. Fain, M.D., president of the St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. "The pacemakers were designed in response to physician and patient needs for devices that provide timely, actionable information. Using the remote monitoring capabilities, physicians can more efficiently follow patients, while patients enjoy the convenience of care from home."
Patient device follow-up can be scheduled to take place automatically, in a hands free manner, with no patient interaction required. Information from the device is then captured by the Merlin@home® transmitter, and becomes available for viewing by the clinician via Merlin.net PCN. In addition to fast access to device data, Merlin.net PCN also allows physicians to compile a more complete patient record, by easily transferring cardiac device data into electronic health records (EHRs).