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Lourdes Offers World’s First Smartphone Connected Pacemakers

MyCareLink Heart™ Mobile app integrates cardiac remote monitoring and eliminates need for dedicated bedside monitor or other remote monitoring hardware

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region to offer Medtronic pacemakers with BlueSync™ technology – the world’s first and only pacemakers that can communicate directly with patients’ smartphones and tablets. 

BlueSync-enabled devices, including the Azure™ family of pacemakers and Percepta™ portfolio of quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps), are compatible with the MyCareLink Heart Mobile app.  With an easy download to a patient-owned smartphone or tablet, the MyCareLink Heart Mobile app integrates cardiac remote monitoring into patients’ daily living and eliminates the need for a dedicated bedside monitor or other remote monitoring hardware. The MyCareLink Heart Mobile app provides patients access to select pacemaker data including remote monitoring transmission history and battery longevity.

“Engaged patients are significantly more likely to participate in healthy behaviors,” says Darius Sholevar, M.D., electrophysiologist with Lourdes Cardiology. “The MyCareLink Heart mobile app and BlueSync-enabled pacemakers allow patients to become more involved in their own heart health and easily stay connected with their clinic with technology they use every day.” 

MyCareLink Heart mobile app can be downloaded by patients at no cost at The MyCareLink Heart mobile app includes:

  • Provides patients with information about transmissions that have been sent to their doctors, as well as confirmation when transmissions are received by physicians.
  • Allows patients to record weight, blood pressure and heart rate in the app, and to track these measurements over time to help better understand health status. This information is only stored on their mobile device; it is not sent to the clinic.
  • Displays the estimated remaining battery life of patients’ Medtronic heart devices enabled with BlueSync technology.
  • Allows patients to catalog symptomatic events which can be reviewed with their physicians during in-person clinic visits. This information is only stored on their mobile device; it is not sent to the clinic.
  • Displays device implant date, heart device name, model number and serial number — as well as patients’ clinic information.
  • Offers helpful information and common questions about living with a pacemaker.
  • Provides information about patients’ activity levels. The app uses data from patients’ heart devices to create daily, weekly and monthly views of physical activity.

BlueSync is the technology inside select Medtronic devices that enables secure and wireless communication to patients’ smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth® Low Energy telemetry. Data collected by BlueSync-enabled devices is sent securely to the Medtronic CareLink™ network, providing timely alerts of clinically relevant patient events that can be reviewed by a physician at any time. Security controls built into BlueSync technology-enabled heart devices and MyCareLink Heart mobile app include encryption and access restrictions to protect the integrity of all data transmissions.

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