According to a Reuters story this week, three weeks ago, New Yorker Carol Kasyjanski became the world’s first recipient of a wireless pacemaker. The device communicates at least daily with a home monitoring system that
routes vital signs to her doctor. The result:
"When Kasyjanski heads to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, for a routine check-up, about 90 percent of the work has already been done because her doctor logged into his computer and learned most of what he needed to know about his patient."
As remarkable as this technology is, the real advantage will be when the use of wireless technology expands to include monitoring of other diseases. As Ms. Kasyjanski’s doctor told Reuters: "There are literally dozens of physiological parameters that now, with this wireless technology, we can leverage for the future of monitoring. So it is not just a rhythm monitor but a disease monitor."
With Congress and the White House debating improvements to our healthcare system, examples such as Ms. Kasyjanski’s show how wireless technology not only improves healthcare quality but also its efficiency.