Telemedicine - Remote device monitoring is not ready for regular care!
Article posted on: April 18, 2017
Remote device monitoring has technically been available from a handful of major manufacturers for a few years now. It is an attractive proposition – to both healthcare practitioners and patients – and one that most would want to support. But most European healthcare systems have not yet established proper reimbursement schemes for it.
Is there a reason why the technology is not yet fully reimbursed? Surely it’s a no-brainer that remote monitoring works, right? We asked Professor Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK, and co-principal investigator on the REM-HF trial (the world’s largest cardiac remote monitoring study) and Gerhard Hindricks, Professor of Cardiology at Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany, and the current President of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), whether remote device management was ‘ready for prime time’ in the cardiac field and – if not – how it needed to evolve to make it so?