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November 2014

A Call for Evidence-Based Telemetry Monitoring: The Beep Goes On

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(11):1855-1856. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3502

Technology evolves quickly; scientific evidence builds slowly. This is as true for inpatient cardiac telemetry monitoring as it is for other medical interventions. Telemetry was invented in 1949 and saw widespread use in the 1960s for detecting arrhythmias in patients with myocardial infarction.1 Today the use of telemetry is ubiquitous on medical and surgical wards, often for patients without active cardiac conditions.2