Remote Patient Monitoring: Crafting the Future Landscape of Healthcare


March 27, 2014


Liviu Klein




US healthcare is at a cross road, with ever rising costs and mediocre delivery of care. The aging population and the increase in chronic health conditions will further add to this problem. The traditional reactionary paradigm where patients develop a condition and then seek medical attention will need to change in order to deliver better care. Remote patient monitoring has the potential of continuous sampling of physiologic data that can be mined and used to develop predictive algorithms in order to proactively assess patient health and lead to early interventions, when less aggressive and expensive therapies might have the best outcome. The speaker will make his case by using the example of one of the most morbid and expensive cardiovascular conditions: heart failure.


Liviu Klein

Dr. Liviu Klein, a cardiologist at the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center, is director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure Device Program. He specializes in treating patients with heart failure and arrhythmias, including patients before and after heart transplants. He also has expertise in cardiac resynchronization and mechanical therapies such as ventricular assist devices for heart failure. In his research, he studies the epidemiology of heart failure in women, including those at risk for sudden cardiac death. Together with colleagues in the department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, he is developing new sensor technologies for monitoring and treating patients with heart failure, and for those who use ventricular assist devices.

Klein earned a medical degree at the Carol Davila School of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania, and earned a master’s of science in clinical investigation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. At Northwestern’s McGaw Medical Center in Chicago, he completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and transplantation, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Klein is a member of the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and International Society for Lung and Heart Transplant. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and books. At UCSF, he is an assistant professor of clinical medicine.