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IBM, St. Jude Medical Team Up

The device world and the high-tech world have collaborated on a portable system that programs pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators . St. Jude Medical and IBM have launched the Medical Merlin Patient Care System, which helps clinicians conduct tests, analyze data, and better program implanted devices. It is a portable computer with a touch screen that allows doctors to retrieve data and make programming changes quickly while making visits to patients.

Leveraging technology ideas from other industries is a good way to advance medical care, and this system appears to be no exception.

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