Application of Internet+-based Tsinghua PINS Remote Tech to improve sacral neuromodulation programming procedure
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To explore the feasibility and safety of the Tsinghua PINS Remote Tech to facilitate sacral neuromodulation programming procedure.
For 22 patients who had previously participated in the phase III clinical trial for treating overactive bladder with the Tsinghua PINS sacral neuromodulation system during several Hospital, PINS Remote Tech was applied to perform postoperative parameter adjustment in order to evaluate the safety and reliability of this new technique. Telephone surveys on Remote Tech-related questionnaires were also conducted.
17/22 patients underwent 26 parameter adjustments, average adjustment frequency was 1.53 times per person; the average adjustment time was 23.4 ± 5.1 min (15–32 min). The total effective rate of the Remote control was 14/17 (82.3%). 7/17 (41.1%) patients’ symptoms recurrence due to not knowing how to handle patient controller, these patients were instructed on how to use it correctly through Remote Tech even without reprogramming it. Other 10 patients received reprogramming. There was no discomfort during and after parameter adjustment. The questionnaire survey showed that the remote technology saved patients’ time and lowered financial costs, significantly improved patient satisfaction. All patients expressed their willingness to recommend it to other patients.
The PINS Remote Tech can significantly reduce the financial cost and provide a remote reprogram control service that is as safe and reliable as outpatient program control.
KeywordsSacral neuromodulation Remote Tech Long-term efficacy
This study was supported by a grant from High Level Technical Talents in Beijing Health System (Grant No. 2015‑3‑030).
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Conflict of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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