In-home patient screening to support atrial fibrillation patients done via a monitor called AliveCor and attached to a Wi-Fi enabled iPod can obtain electrocardiograms from the ambulatory patients and negate the need for frequent physician office visits.
The approach was recently studied by researchers, who incorporated 1,001 patients older than age 65—half participated with the mobile devices, while the other half served as comparative group. Participants who used the technology sent readings twice weekly over 12 months, with additional readings if a patient started exhibiting symptoms.
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