...And coming in 2008
THE DEVICE: Remote-control defibrillator
WHAT IT WILL DO: In addition to heart-pacing functions, it will transmit blood pressure data and monitor for conditions such as lung fluid buildup, allowing MDs to head off serious problems before they occur. Doctors will be able to view the data remotely via laptop, phone, or PDA.
WHO'S DEVELOPING IT: Boston Scientific (BSX), Medtronic (MDT), St. Jude Medical (STJ)