Better monitoring of heart disease recognised

The Latitude Heart Failure External Sensors from Boston Scientific has won the 2011 Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology. The industry award was presented as part of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) conference, MedTech 2011, in Sydney on 8 November.

The Latitude Heart Failure External Sensors are used to remotely monitor the status of a patient’s implanted cardiac device, providing regular device measurements and medical alerts. The addition of weight scales and blood pressure monitors allows for greater monitoring capabilities. Data is wirelessly transmitted from the patient’s home, and gives physicians up to date information allowing for early intervention and treatment.

“The Latitute Heart Failure Sensors are an example of how medical technology can be used to deliver care in the home rather than the hospital.”

“Through remote monitoring, potential problems like heart failure can be diagnosed and treated earlier, preventing or minimising hospital stays. Earlier and timely intervention means cost savings to the health system,” said Anne Trimmer, CEO MTAA.

The Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology — Improving Quality of Life recognises the innovative and extraordinary contribution of medical technology in improving health outcomes for Australian patients. Companies can enter products used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or management of disease and disability in Australia.

The Restore Sensor from Medtronic Australasia was noted as another finalist in the awards, with commendations given to Siemens, Device Technologies, Baxter Healthcare, and Medtronic Australasia for its Symplicity Catheter System.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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