I’m Ian and I’m a Healthcare Scientist Associate at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I work in Cardiac Rhythm Management and help run and maintain the departments Remote Monitoring Service.
As we’ve seen during the Coronavirus pandemic, remote monitoring of cardiac devices has certainly come into its own. When I last checked, our service increased by 61%, largely due to the increased enrolments onto remote monitoring during the pandemic.
I’m the first point of contact for our remote monitoring patients and enrol patients onto the service; answer their technical questions; help them to set transmitters/apps up over the phone, scheduling their next downloads; run regular audits on the service and generally do the housekeeping on all the manufactures systems we use. I also ensure the scheduled clinic lists on the remote systems match what’s on our EPR system, so the Cardiac Physiologists can just concentrate on reviewing the transmissions.
My role is certainly varied and no two days are ever the same and in most cases, it’s not a case of ‘turn it off and on again’. I love the advances in technology that enable patients to be monitored in this way, and whilst not all patients wish to be monitored remotely, those that do have certainly found it helpful.
Outside of healthcare, I’m a freelance Digital & UI designer, volunteer for a charity as a Communications Exec, help SCST with comms and host a couple of radio shows at the weekends in Kings Lynn and Stowmarket.