A new M-Link cellular accessory to connect patients and clinics has been launched by Medtronic for its CareLink Network.

The M-Link cellular accessory allows cardiac device patients to send information securely stored in their implanted devices to their clinics via the CareLink Network using cellular signals, rather than a telephone landline.

The M-Link cellular accessory makes remote monitoring accessible, without the need for a landline, and allows patients to stay connected with their clinic from home, work or while traveling globally.

The device also transmits Medtronic CareAlert notifications when any of the programmable alert conditions from a patient’s implanted device go off.

The transmitted data can be seen by physicians and nurses through a secure website, giving them the opportunity for a “real-time” look at how the patient’s device is functioning.

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients examined through the CareLink Network showed a reduction in time from the clinical event to clinical decision and shorter stays in hospital with reduced costs per hospitalisation, according to Medtronic’s CONNECT trial.