Telemetry itself, is the collection of measurement data that is thus transmitted to the various monitoring centers through radio, phone lines or modems so that the information can be transferred over to equipment capable of signal interpretation or computerized systems to be interpreted. This enables the communication of measurement information to be done from a distance. If one wants to know how fast or slow a car is going, the heart rate of an individual or a person's location by distance; telemetry is useful in monitoring such activity.
Cardiac telemetry is normally used in a hospital and can be done in the home as well. There needs to be more of an integration of cardiac telemetry into the medical office. This should be done so that patients who are symptomatic can wear a monitor that is designed to transmit data for more than 48 hours and it may not be necessary for them to press a button or communicate with the monitor in such a way when an event related to an uncomfortable feeling in the heart occurs. Patients may state that these problems are intermittent and may not be able to be detected during a 24-48 hour wear of a monitor or that they are generally not trigger happy folk so they may not have the coordination it takes to press the button or communicate to the monitor that they are having an abnormal feeling regarding their heart.
Many of the ambulatory devices used to detect heart irregularities as this includes holter monitors and event recorders use disks or internal storage within the device itself to store information to be later transmitted and interpreted by medical personel via computer or by phone transmission. Patients are not always technically advanced people. Because of this time and valuable information can be sacrificed because patients can become their own worst enemy in attempting to rescue themselves by providing information about their heart while they are supposedly on the go! Things should be kept in perspective! Seriously, bodies and monitors are not drench proof! Patient's suit up for combat but don't quite make the actual arrest. This generally keeps medical office workers hostage.
If bluetooth cardiac telemetry can be used in a medical office setting, physicians can view and check on their patients at anytime via computer software that is designed to display and indicate continuous real time heart rate EKG's. A patient who is elderly and may not have much help around the house complains of chest discomfort. A holter monitor or event recorder may not be the proper way to detect the irregularity because of the patients inability to understand how to correctly use the monitor or the fact that the abnormal feeling may not occur once the monitor is placed on them. So what does a physician do to properly care for the patient and to avoid repeat and further invasive testing of a patient with sporadic symptoms? By using bluetooth cardiac telemetry as an ambulatory approach a patient can be connected to a portable telemetry monitor that is bluetooth enabled. The computer software interpreter that enables the EKG signals and heart rate to be viewed by the physician and other medical staff, is then accessed by logging in and selecting the patient to be monitored; eg. you have portable cardiac telemetry monitors 1 through 3, When you log on to the software the bluetooth enabled telemetry monitors are shown in the cardiac telemetry software. Monitors 1 and 2 are already in use. A physician or medical personel will select monitor number 3 and begin to input the patient's demographics or the demographics can be selected by EMR connectivity. Once this is established the patient's continuous EKG and heart rate is monitored. If you try and select another patient to put in information while the monitor is currently being used, the software will indicate that the bluetooth telemtery monitor is in use. This will avoid accidental patient mixup,(You can only enter "new" patient information when a monitor is not in use and you are only allowed to "update" patient information on a monitor that is currently being used.) Once a patient is connected to the portable bluetooth cardiac telemetry monitor, they can go about their daily activity without any worry of how to transmit distress events or the fact that the monitor may not be worn long enough. The bluetooth cardiac telemetry monitor will monitor the patient for as long as needed. The physician can obtain the software application for their phone, tablet or computer to track their patients and contact them once the irregularity is noticed so that appropriate measures regarding their patients health can be done.
When a patient needs more than a hall monitor, give the bluetooth cardiac telemetry monitor a try!