ICD Evolution to Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth Technology: So, defibrillators have evolved tremendously over the past, you know, 30 to 40 years, initially, when they were first invented, they were quite a large in size, you know, you could compare to the size of a walkman, you know, and back in the day, you know, big cassette player, and there are so big, you cannot put them in the over the skin or beneath the skin of the chest wall, you have to actually place them in the abdomen or the belly, and then advance a wire into the actual vessel, which would go into the heart. Over the course of time, they do evolve, such to the point where the defibrillator became much smaller and sizes to the point where you could actually place a beneath the clavicle on the surface of the muscle beneath the skin.



However, at that time, even then, the distributor had limited functionality, you would have to program it before, meaning that just set the features of the defibrillator from the manufacturer, the distributor would arrive at the hospital, they’ll be placed in the patient’s body, you couldna make any adjustments to it on your own. Then as technology evolved, we’re able to actually adjust a defibrillator in person.



But when the adjustment was to be made, you would have to have direct communication, meaning you have to have a programmer which were actually very bulky, big in size, with the wire with a programming head, which is about the size of a small, I’d say a cassette player, that would go over the defibrillator. And that’ll communicate to the defibrillator. And we were able to adjust the defibrillator, then most recently, what’s come out is that programmers have become actually a lot of smart, a lot smaller in size, similar to an iPad. And actually, they’re called tablet-based programmers now, and they can communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth to the defibrillator.



This enables number one, the elimination of the need for a wiring head to be constantly placed over the head of the defibrillator to communicate by it. And number two, it’s much easier to carry around. The last thing, which is the most beneficial, which I feel is that the patient now can also get all the information on their phone. And it basically it with the way technology is advancing with you know, with smart based, you know, watches, giving patients the control of their health, in terms of how their activity level is, this is just another feature which enables that so that the patient knows about what the defibrillator is how much battery life is on the defibrillator, whether or not they’ve had any alerts or any events, you know, in their body with their heart, and it’s at the hand and basically in the palm of their hand.



That really puts the patient in charge of their own health and that it’s this the most beneficial. And this is done by what we call Bluetooth technology. The defibrillators themselves are very there’s always a concern for privacy. But the actual standards that the distributors, the manufacturers are using are compatible with the NationalStandard security measurements that actually banks use and other government institutions. So it’s very safe, the defendant is not connected to the internet only connects to your phone. And the patient could have seen the app-based application on their phone, which will give all the information to them. So right now, all patients are getting the Bluetooth to enable defibrillators, that is the next step in technology, we want to basically put all patients information in the palm of their hands and let them be in charge of their own health. I think as technology has advanced over the past several years, and smartphones have become so much more readily available. We’reoffering this application to almost every single patient.



Now there may be certain patients that are much older, that may not be comfortable with smartphones. And then we still offer the defibrillator The defibrillator is there. It has the technology available to them, but necessarily they don’t have to use the technology. for them. What we do is that instead of having the information on their phone, we use the traditional type of transmission of information. The defibrillator is still there with the Bluetooth-enabled technology, but they don’t have the app on their phone and what they do they have actually a wireless monitor at their bedside that will serve as the portal of communication to their physician.




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