Corindus announces remote PCI over 100 miles using CorPath GRX System
Corindus announced that Ryan Madder, an interventional cardiologist at Spectrum Health, has successfully completed a remote percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, in a porcine model using the CorPath GRX System from a location greater than 100 miles from the catheterization lab. Working from a Spectrum Health facility in Ludington, MI, Madder leveraged the CorPath GRX System to remotely manipulate interventional devices through the subject's coronary arteries while utilizing a telecommunications system to communicate with the bedside staff based in Grand Rapids, MI. Madder has been exploring the feasibility of remote PCI since 2016 when he completed and published the REMOTE-PCI study. In that study, Madder and colleagues completed multiple robotic stent procedures from an isolated room outside the procedure room. Procedural success was achieved in 19 of 20 patients. The global shortage of PCI-capable operators is significant and continues to be a growing problem. Remote PCI has the potential to enable physicians to conduct procedures from virtually any location, opening opportunities for more patients globally to receive the benefits of this lifesaving procedure.