St. Jude Medical’s Merlin.net Patient Care Network Wins Medical Design Excellence Award
ST. PAUL, Minn. – April 7, 2009 – St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ) today announced the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network (PCN) has received a 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award. Merlin.net PCN is a secure, Internet-based remote care system for patients with implanted medical devices. This remote care system gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, in clinic follow-up visits and from both patient-initiated and automatic remote follow-up and monitoring transmissions from the patient’s home. This information gives physicians better and more immediate access to information to help them manage their patients’ devices.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. The award recognizes the achievements of the medical product manufacturers and the engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians who are responsible for the innovations that are improving our healthcare system. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes of practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.
A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.
“We are grateful to Canon Communications for recognizing the efficiency and convenience Merlin.net PCN provides to physicians and their patients,” said Eric S. Fain, M.D., president of the St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. “This award is indicative of the dedication and hard work our employees demonstrate in delivering on our mission to provide physicians more control and reduce risk. We also wish to thank our partners in the development of this project for their contributions: IBM, Insight Product Development and Plexus Services Corporation.”
The 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, June 9-11, 2009, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
About Merlin.Net Patient Care Network
Implantable cardiac devices are designed to capture and record information about device performance and patient heart rhythms that is vital to patient care. Merlin.net PCN organizes this information for fast analysis and easy review and allows data to be sent directly to a clinic's or a hospital's Electronic Health Records (EHR) system so the data is included in the patient’s comprehensive personal health record.
With rapid access to patient information through the secure Merlin.net PCN website, physicians can remotely monitor and assess patient device data and determine the level of care needed. Alert notification delivery times can be customized to fit in with physician determined clinic hours, including any after-hours processes the clinic might provide.
Merlin.net PCN supports the Current® RF implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and Promote® RF cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) family of devices and all currently marketed Atlas® ICD and Epic® CRT-D device families in the U.S.
The Merlin.net PCN system adheres to patient privacy standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of health information, as set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical develops medical technology and services that focus on putting more control into the hands of those who treat cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide. The company is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine by reducing risk wherever possible and contributing to successful outcomes for every patient. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide and has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit www.sjm.com.
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