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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Italy: Results of a Survey Promoted by AIAC (Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing)

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Santa Maria del Carmine Hospital, 38068 Rovereto, Italy
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Cardiology Unit, “Card. G. Panico” Hospital, 73039 Tricase, Italy
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F. Ferrari Hospital, 73042 Casarano, Italy
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Department of Cardiology, Ospedale “Ferrari”, 87012 Castrovillari, Italy
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Ospedale San Bassiano, 36061 Bassano del Grappa, Italy
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Ospedale Mater Salutis Legnago, 37045 Verona, Italy
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Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing Unit, A.O.R.N, Ospedali dei Colli-Monaldi, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Centro CardioAritmologico, 00152 Roma, Italy
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Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Insubria, 21100 Varese, Italy
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Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, Cardiology Division, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Policlinico di Modena, 41121 Modena, Italy
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Maines and Palmisano contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Christian Sohns
J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10(18), 4086; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10184086
Received: 21 July 2021 / Revised: 18 August 2021 / Accepted: 2 September 2021 / Published: 10 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Cardiology)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the organisation of health care in Italy, with an acceleration in the development of telemedicine. To assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the spread of remote monitoring (RM) of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) in Italy, a survey addressed to cardiologists operating in all Italian CIED-implanting centres was launched. A total of 127 cardiologists from 116 Italian arrhythmia centres took part in the survey, 41.0% of all 283 CIED-implanting centres operating in Italy in 2019. All participating centres declared to use RM of CIEDs. COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in the use of RM in 83 (71.6%) participating centres. In a temporal perspective, an increase in the median number of patients per centre followed up by RM was found from 2012 to 2017, followed by an exponential increase from 2017 to 2020. In 36 participating centres (31.0%) a telehealth visits service was activated as a replacement for in-person outpatient visits (in patients with or without CIED) during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic has caused an acceleration in the use of RM of CIEDs and in the use of telemedicine in the clinical practice of cardiology. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; remote monitoring; telecardiology; cardiac implantable electronic devices COVID-19; remote monitoring; telecardiology; cardiac implantable electronic devices
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Maines, M.; Palmisano, P.; Del Greco, M.; Melissano, D.; De Bonis, S.; Baccillieri, S.; Zanotto, G.; D’Onofrio, A.; Ricci, R.P.; De Ponti, R.; Boriani, G. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Italy: Results of a Survey Promoted by AIAC (Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing). J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10184086

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Maines M, Palmisano P, Del Greco M, Melissano D, De Bonis S, Baccillieri S, Zanotto G, D’Onofrio A, Ricci RP, De Ponti R, Boriani G. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Italy: Results of a Survey Promoted by AIAC (Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing). Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021; 10(18):4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10184086

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Maines, Massimiliano, Pietro Palmisano, Maurizio Del Greco, Donato Melissano, Silvana De Bonis, Stella Baccillieri, Gabriele Zanotto, Antonio D’Onofrio, Renato P. Ricci, Roberto De Ponti, and Giuseppe Boriani. 2021. "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Italy: Results of a Survey Promoted by AIAC (Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing)" Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, no. 18: 4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10184086

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