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Medtronic and Garmin Initiate New mHealth Collaboration

Medtronic and Garmin have announced the integration of Garmin wearable device data directly into Medtronic's remote patient monitoring platform.

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Medical technology company, Medtronic, and wearable device developer, Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., have announced the integration of Garmin wearable device data directly into Medtronic Care Management Services’ (MCMS) remote patient monitoring platform.

This new collaboration will allow patients and their physicians, nurses and care coordinators to better manage their health conditions from home.

“Remote patient monitoring is at its best when technology and care coordination can work together seamlessly,” said Vice President and General Manager of Medtronic Care Management Services, Sheri Dodd.

“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,” continued Dodd.

Monitoring activity levels plays an important part in remotely assessing a patient’s health status, whether in monitoring a chronic condition or a post-discharge recovery process. Technology such as wearables, connected data and personalised care coordination allows clinicians to more efficiently evaluate patient health information, consider early intervention points and avoid unnecessary healthcare utilisation.

With this new integration partnership, a Garmin vívofit series activity tracker is now included as one of the Bluetooth-connected peripheral device options healthcare providers can choose for their patients through MCMS’ remote monitoring services.

For patients using MCMS’ mobile monitoring platform, activity data from the Garmin vívofit series 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’ 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.

“Combining the benefits of Garmin activity trackers with our software development kit (SDK) reduces friction for patients, so Medtronic can use a single interface to collect data,” said Vice President of Garmin Worldwide Sales, Dan Bartel.

“Garmin is excited to partner with Medtronic, a leader in medical technology, to add activity data from our world-class wearable devices,” concluded Bartel.

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