Wirelessly LINQed cardiac monitor wins medtech award

Medtronic Australasia has won the inaugural Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) Innovation Award for its Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor.

The battery-sized heart monitor is aimed at helping doctors to diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats that may be related to unexplained fainting, and is suitable for small children.

It works by continuously monitoring, recording and storing a patient’s electrocardiogram and other health measurements for up to three years.

The device is wirelessly linked to the MyCareLink patient monitor so doctors can be notified remotely and quickly if a patient needs medical attention between regular appointments.

The Reveal LINQ is an implanted monitor measuring about the size of a paperclip or AAA battery and is designed to cause minimal disruption during implant.

The MTANZ awards were judged on the basis of the product’s significant contribution to improving patient outcomes by enhancing quality of life; as well as evidence of technical excellence and innovation.

The award judges were Callaghan Innovation's national medtech sector manager Diana Siew, director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Peter Hunter and University of Auckland professor of surgery John Windsor.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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