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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Edmund Keung, MD

Staff Physician, Director of VA National ICD Surveillance Center, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Web-based Remote Monitoring of Internal Defibrillators

Internal cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) have been shown to be highly effective in improving overall mortality and preventing sudden cardiac death, which affects more than 400,000 patients annually. Recent technology enables remote transmission of comprehensive ICD performance and therapy history by telephone. In 2003, Dr. Keung received funding to establish the National ICD Surveillance Center at SFVAMC in order to offer this new leading-edge technology to all ICD patients and healthcare professionals in the VA Health Administration.  Since establishment of this program, patient enrollment has already reached 3,000 from 80 VA facilities.  It is the largest remote ICD monitoring program in the world and the first of its kind for any healthcare provider group. The VA has become the world leader in remote device monitoring.  Utilization of VA facilities and patient travel time have been significantly reduced.  The number of clinic visits has been reduced in some centers by as much as 75 percent, since patients can transmit their ICD data from home.  This program has also provided an excellent example of how clinical care and research can seamlessly work together to offer the best care for our veterans. With the largest ICD database in the world, this research will help formulate ICD healthcare policy and enhance clinical care for the entire United States.

To see Dr. Keung on Pub Med, click here.