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Medtronic and Garmin partner on patient monitoring

Steve Rogerson
April 27, 2017

Medtronic is integrating Garmin wearable device data directly into MCMS care management services' remote patient monitoring platform.
Ireland-based Medtronic was the first to adopt and help launch the Garmin Health software development kit by syncing Garmin Vívofit activity tracker data into the MCMS NetResponse mobile application, a collaboration that helps patients – and their physicians, nurses and care coordinators – manage their health conditions from home.
"Remote patient monitoring is at its best when technology and care coordination can work together seamlessly," said Sheri Dodd, vice president and general manager of Medtronic Care Management Services. "Garmin activity trackers have the features and long battery life that will help make at-home monitoring easier for patients. We are excited to bring this unique integration into our industry-leading services to help enhance the healthcare and post-discharge recovery support care providers can give to their patients, especially those living with chronic conditions."
Activity levels are one of many important factors in remotely assessing a patient's health status, whether in monitoring a chronic condition or a post-discharge recovery process. By using technology, connected data and personalised care coordination, clinicians may be able to evaluate patient health information more efficiently, consider early intervention points and avoid unnecessary healthcare use.
With this integration, a Vívofit activity tracker is now included as one of the Bluetooth-connected peripheral device options providers can choose for their patients through MCMS's remote monitoring services. For patients using MCMS's mobile monitoring platform, activity data from the activity tracker will sync into the NetResponse application. This gives clinicians further patient context beyond the biometrics and other patient-reported symptom information already collected through MCMS's disease management programmes. The addition of activity data may provide clinicians with an enhanced view of their patients' health status and help patients direct their own self-care. 
Swiss firm Garmin has more than a decade of wearable device expertise and provides a suite of products designed to match an individual's activity requirements. Garmin device features include water resistance and a long battery life to help increase convenience and usage for patients participating in remote patient monitoring programmes, as they rarely have to remove their device.
"Combining the benefits of Garmin activity trackers with our SDK reduces friction for patients, so Medtronic can use a single interface to collect data," said Dan Bartel, vice president of Garmin. "Garmin is excited to partner with Medtronic, a leader in medical technology, to add activity data from our world-class wearable devices."
Medtronic has agreed to sell to Cardinal Health its patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency businesses within the patient monitoring and recovery division of its minimally invasive therapies group. Headquartered in Ohio, Cardinal Health is an integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customised services for hospitals, health systems and other clinical entities worldwide. Medtronic will receive $6.1bn in cash, subject to certain adjustments, with total after-tax proceeds estimated to be approximately $5.5bn.