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Table 6 Tasks performed by the physician during ambulatory patient follow-up

From: Fully digital data processing during cardiovascular implantable electronic device follow-up in a high-volume tertiary center

  Manual data processing (n = 126) Fully digital data processing (n = 265) p value
Device interrogation (n; %) 126 (100) 265 (100) 1.0b
Written report (n; %) 126 (100) 265 (100) 1.0b
Pacemaker/ICD identification card (n; %) 122 (97)c 265 (100) 0.01 b
Brief medical history (n; %) 126 (100) 265 (100) 1.0b
Consultation with other physicians (n; %) 14 (11) 48 (18) 0.08a
Patient transferred to emergency department (n; %) 1 (1) 0 (0) 0.32b
  1. Italic value indicates statistically significant associations
  2. ICD implantable cardioverter defibrillator. No patient was directly admitted to the hospital
  3. aChi-square test (two-tailed test)
  4. bFisher’s exact test (two-tailed test)
  5. cIn five cases, patients were instructed to keep a copy of the written report (including current device parameters) with their pacemaker identification card issued previously