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Remote Programming of Implantable Cardiac Devices Utilizing Real-Time Active Telemedicine

Franconi, Nicholas (2013) Remote Programming of Implantable Cardiac Devices Utilizing Real-Time Active Telemedicine. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Telemedicine is the exchange of medical information from one site to another in order to improve patient health and well-being. Telecardiology is the application of telemedicine to cardiology. With over one million pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) implanted every year, the need for a telecardiology system that can remotely interrogate and program pacemakers has increased over the past decade. Current advances in telecardiology can greatly increase the quality of life of a patient with a pacemaker. Interrogation of pacemakers occurs every six to twelve months and involves examining the battery capacity and peak voltages of pulses that are transmitted to the chamber walls inside the heart.
Current telecardiology techniques only allow the cardiologist to remotely monitor a patient. The system of real-time active telecardiology implemented in this thesis allows for remote interrogation and programming capabilities through a Medtronic CareLink 2090 Programmer. The system samples touchscreen location data from a commercial-off-the-shelf touchscreen controller and transmits this information to a remote programmer which registers the data as a touch. Through this method, the cardiologist is able to remotely control a Medtronic 2090 Programmer with little change to the workflow of the cardiologist and at minimal cost to the hospital.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Franconi, NicholasNGF3@pitt.eduNGF3
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMickle, MarlinH
Committee MemberMao, Zhi-Hong
Committee MemberStanchina, William
Date: 12 June 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 30 March 2012
Approval Date: 12 June 2012
Submission Date: 4 April 2012
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Electrical Engineering
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Telemedicine, Telecardiology, Cardiology, Remote-Monitoring, Implantable Cardiac Devices, Pacemaker
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 05:00
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 05:15

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