In a hospital supply chain setting, Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) refers to to pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization devices (CRTs). These devices are designed to normalize the beating of the heart, and although they have improved the lives of millions of patients, they often represent the largest category of spend in a hospitals.
Although there are have been incremental changes in the technology over the last 30 years, they have focused on three general areas:
- Size reduction of the implant/battery life improvements
- Improved Software
- Improved Leads