Advances in Wireless Health

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If I want to tell a patient something and I want to tell and communicate things to patients all the time, and they want to communicate things to me, why can't there be enabled through wireless communication? Whether it's mobile, whether it's a social network, whether it's me checking in on a group of patients would like conditions of one.

For me Wireless Health means utilizing wireless technologies to improve healthcare communication and outcomes. The devices that I implant, implantable to the circulators and devices that make the heart beat stronger. In 2006 became wireless meaning that you could inplant a device in a patient and that device can communicate through a remote transmitter, daily from a patient's home, dump all this incredible data from this computer inside of them, as a diagnostic and therapeutic device to the internet.

Suddenly, we can look across very large population, a patient with this devices and find out a couple of things. Number one, how they do it over time Once you finish a clinical trial of about maybe 500 or 2000 patients that lasts three years it's done. There's no follow up. You know how that device performs.

You can look and see if it's programmed right, how does it behave? How can we make it better? Who are the patients who do better? How does their device programming look verses others? And most importantly, you can get feedback from the patients, because part of this system is that patients can push to their doctor if they experience symptoms.

That's very profound, because suddenly you're saying to a patient, no we won't engage you. I just don't want to look at your numbers, I want to engage you, and you tell me how you're feeling and you help me build out your health care narrative together we'll be better than we are with just me telling you what to do or me trying to understand the data, in the absence of really of hearing from you.

One of the things I've learned from looking at all these supplanted data to real time and some of the wireless sensors that we have people wear, just over the last two years after 20 years of practice, suddenly I'm realizing I don't know what I thought I knew. I thought and all of us collectively they think we're experts and we have this knowledge but when you're only looking at 1% of the data or the heartbeats or whatever your specialty is, you really don't know that much.

So all these new data that's coming in that's happening in real time to people, it's kind of rocking my world because I'm suddenly recognizing that my perceptions were incorrect or my sense of things. I'm very busy. I'm applying the devices all the time, now with this wireless communication, I can efficiently check it on people, whether they live here or live remotely [xx] or whatever and say you are doing fine and that means a lot.

I keep abreast of their care all the time and treat changes without a whole lot of extra work in fact it's more efficient. I really like to go home feeling like maybe I spend most of my time implanting stuff in patients, being more of a surgical specialty, and on a basic level, you need to have your patients feel like they're being taken care of and I want patients who're my patients feel cared for.

A very basic emotional way. I have an umbrella over me. This person is going to know what is happening to me, they actually care what's happening to me and they're going to work with me to make my care better, and their family members feel it. That's why you pick your doctors, that's an important thing.

It's important to be able to pick your doctor and have that kind of relationship. So this helps preserve that.