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Remote monitoring of medical devices in Australia

Bradley Wilsmore and James Leitch
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (2): 62-63. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00730

The current industry-involved system may present a conflict of interest

More patients, and therefore medical professionals at all levels, are encountering devices that are being remotely monitored. While all currently implanted pacemakers and defibrillators are now remote-monitoring capable, there has also been a substantial increase in the use of implantable loop monitors — from 987 in the 2013–14 financial year to 2269 in 2015–16 (Medicare Benefits Schedule item 38285; http://medicarestatistics.humanservices.gov.au/statistics/mbs_item.jsp). This increase has forced the health care system to engage with remote monitoring.

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  • Bradley Wilsmore
  • James Leitch

  • John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW

Correspondence: bwilsmore@gmail.com

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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