Affinity Health System physicians implant new wireless pacemaker
10 / 08 / 2009
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
MENASHA, Wis. - Physicians practicing at both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center have implanted a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patients’ device or condition. The latest technology, developed by St. Jude Medical, improves patient care and makes device follow-up more efficient and convenient for both patients and physicians.
Dr. Zenoun Abouzelam at St. Elizabeth Hospital Heart, Lung & Vascular Center in Appleton and Dr. Issam Al-Bitar, Mercy Medical Center’s Heart & Lung Center in Oshkosh, implanted the Accent RF pacemakers to monitor patients’ hearts and provide electronic stimulation when the heart beats too slowly.
The pacemaker enables Abouzelam and Al-Bitar to monitor their patients’ devices while patients are at home. On scheduled check-up dates, data from the pacemaker is wirelessly sent to the physician.
“The new pacemaker gives patients the convenience of care from home, while still allowing physicians to follow patients, “ says Abouzelam. “It demonstrates Affinity’s promise of personalized care, by giving the patient a more convenient way to have their health managed.”
In addition to regular device follow-up appointments, the wireless communication also enables the device to automatically alert physicians to important changes with the device or patient’s heart rhythm between scheduled device checks.
The Accent™ RF pacemaker is the first pacemaker with automatic test results and complete diagnostics that can be accessed via wireless communication in a clinic or from the patient’s home.
ABOUT ACCENT RF IMPLANTS: Cardiac pacemakers are used to treat bradycardia, which is a heart rate that is too slow. These devices monitor the heart and provide electrical stimulation when the heart beats too slowly for each patient's specific physiological requirements.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.