A new software system allows physicians to monitor and reprogram cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, remotely by using an iPad.
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Developed by Dr. E. Martin Kloosterman, chief of the cardiology department at Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital, the iPad application allows a physician to remotely access real-time information about a patient's pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and then provide programmer instructions to a bedside nurse.
“If we can control a robot in Mars we can certainly control remotely a cardiac device in Boca Raton,” Kloosterman said in a news release announcing the development of the new software system.
Kloosterman himself tested the system during a flight from San Francisco to Orlando.
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