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Douglas Horstmanshof, M.D., a heart failure and transplant cardiologist with the Advanced Cardiac Care program at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, was the first physician in the United States to prescribe Zoll's ┬ÁCor Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Management System (HFAMS).

INTEGRIS Physician First in Country to Prescribe Patch-Based Sensor to Monitor Heart Failure

Douglas HorstmanshofDouglas Horstmanshof, M.D., a heart failure and transplant cardiologist with the Advanced Cardiac Care program at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, was the first physician in the United States to prescribe Zoll's µCor Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Management System (HFAMS).

Using radiofrequency technology, the sensor records and stores patient data such as Thoracic Fluid Index, heart rate, respiration rate, activity, posture and heart rhythm, then transmits the data to Zoll's diagnostic testing facility and the prescribing physician.

“The Zoll HFAMS is a promising addition to our toolbox to care for patients in our heart failure program, as it serves the goal of reducing the chances of readmission and can therefore improve patient care,” said Horstmanshof. “This device gives us insight through patient-specific data about thoracic fluid levels during a time when they are vulnerable to future heart failure events, allowing us to intervene prior to the onset of many symptoms related to decompensation.”

HFAMS was designed to reduce hospitalizations for heart failure patients; an estimated 50 percent of individuals hospitalized for heart failure are readmitted within six months, and most within 30 days of discharge. The system uses proprietary algorithms to monitor patient data and alert physicians to signs of deterioration in a patient's condition well before hospitalization would be required.