St. Jude debuts USB adaptor for Merlin home monitoring system

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St. Jude Medical has launched its wireless USB adaptor for the Merlin@Home transmitter, a patient home monitoring system that examines patients with implantable cardiac devices remotely.

According to St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Jude, the device provides an alternative method for patient data to be transmitted that uses cellular networks rather than a landline telephone.

Data are sent by the Merlin@home transmitter to St. Jude’s Merlin.net Patient Care Network, a web application where data are stored and available for physician screening.

The company said that the transmitter supports the radio-frequency of St. Jude's implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and the Accent RF pacemaker and Anthem RF cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker.