4,000 mile remote afib ablation

I’m sure this is the wave of the future:

A senior clinician and staff, present in the Milan lab and ready to intervene should complications arise, inserted the catheter into the groin. From there, Pappone took over the controls in Boston and via a secure satellite link was able to manipulate the catheter with the magnetic navigation system (Stereotaxis, St Louis, MO) to perform the ablation. Pappone completed the ablation in 50 minutes, and the whole procedure was performed without complications.

There was a slight lag””the time between moving the controls in Boston and the eventual movement of the catheter in Milan””of approximately 1/10 of a second, but this did not interfere with the ability to perform the procedure.

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the Boston doctor needed a medical license to practice medicine in Italy. If a malpractice lawsuit is filed, will it be in Italy or in the USA? Anybody out there in cyberspace know? Just curious.

  • ipanema

    Good question Anon 8:01. Reminds me of iceman,Otzi found in the Otzal Alps between Austria and Italy. After survey, the body was found lying 303 feet inside the Italian border and demanded Austria turn over the ice man. :)

    In this case, cyberspace defies laws of the land. Is there such a license, does it require one? More questions to come once this will hit top.

    This will be next big thing in medicine I think. With this, medical tourism is dead business. Why travel far and wide when it can be done in the comforts of your country? Of course that is if everything is available through remote. Let’s keep watch.