Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has announced new research evaluating mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) as a first-line diagnostic ambulatory monitoring solution with post-cryptogenic stroke patients. The study determined that a 30-day continuous monitoring program using the Philips BioTel Heart MCOT patch, followed by an implantable loop recorder (ILR), improved atrial fibrillation (AF) detection rates and helped to reduce secondary stroke risk due to new anticoagulant use in subjects with the MCOT patch detected AF. The study also demonstrated that use of initial MCOT monitoring achieved almost eight times lower costs, reducing the total cost per patient with detected atrial fibrillation (AF) by USD 198,909 , compared to monitoring with ILR only. These results strengthen recommendations for prolonged ECG monitoring for this patient population.
Globally, about one in four people over the age of 25 will suffer a stroke in their lifetime . Nearly a third of Ischemic strokes – the result of blood clots that block the flow of blood to the brain – are classified as cryptogenic, meaning the cause is unknown . These situations require post-stroke diagnostic work to determine the cause and prevent a second stroke from occurring. AF is a common cause and can increase the risk of stroke by more than five times , but it often goes undetected since it can be asymptomatic and may occur infrequently.
The study evaluated a stroke population of 1,000 for one year to assess the differences in costs and outcomes of two monitoring options that are available to clinicians today to help improve patient care and improve efficiencies within the healthcare system. Findings revealed using an MCOT patch followed by ILR in half of patients initially undiagnosed with AF leads to an overall cost-of-care savings of more than USD 4 million. Philips BioTel Heart MCOT detected 4.6 times more patients with AF than ILR alone. And for those with detected AF, the cost per patient was significantly lower when using the MCOT patch followed by ILR (USD 29,598) than those being monitored with ILR alone (USD 228,507).