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Looking for an EKG machine? It pays to shop around

ELI-250cWhen it comes time to upgrade the equipment in your office, the typical process likely goes like this: Your EKG machine is on its last leg and you’ve been thinking of replacing it for a while. Then one day, it breaks down completely and you don’t have the luxury of deciding anymore. The local sales representative who provides your cotton balls, gauze pads and other everyday office supplies brings in a new machine and offers you his normal price. You don’t have the time to bargain, so you accept the offer and take the new machine.

But what if there was an easy way to get a better price?

Although there’s nothing wrong with having a trusty local rep, they may not always have the best deals. It’s important to shop around for something as important as an EKG machine. And while you’re out shopping, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:

What size printout do you need? SomeSample_EKG_Report machines print out on 60 millimeter strips of half-size sheets while others print out on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper, which is often preferable.

Do you need the machine to print out patient demographics? This makes the printouts look more professional, but takes up more of the EKG technician’s time.

CC-ECG1Do you need to connect your machine to a computer? You can find PC-based EKG machines that connect electronically to your medical records and integrate other diagnostic features.

No matter your needs, Medical Device Depot is here to help you compare prices and find the best equipment to fit your budget. Browse our EKG machine selection, which includes PC-based, standalone and veterinary machines and accessories appropriate for any medical center, hospital or facility.

The latest trends in ECG monitoring

As medical technology advances, it’s important for hospitals and medical facilities to stay up to date, especially when it comes to ECG systems. Newer ECG systems offer better integration, including interoperability with other software, PCs and smart phones. Here are some of the most recent advancements:

Workflow

cc-ecg1-ipadRecent ECG systems have been designed to improve workflow and simplify operation. With step-by-step operation, touch-screen systems and connectivity with medical records and information systems, processing an ECG has never been easier.

Connectivity

Bluetooth and wireless connection capabilities make transferring information a breeze. New PC-based Resting ECG systems perform fast testing, and with seamlessly integrated systems, you can easily manage medical records and provide outstanding patient support.

cc-ecg1-btNasiff Associates, Inc. is an exceptional example of this technology. The company continues to lead among PC-Based Resting ECG systems. The Nasiff CardioResting PC Based Bluetooth ECG System is not only reliable and user-friendly, but it also offers all the benefits of the latest ECG technology. Browse Medical Device Depot to find the latest technology to protect and support your patients.

Keep your patients heart healthy with routine ECG testing

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an essential test for detecting heart problems in patients. Routine ECGs, which record the heart’s rhythm and activity, can find causes for chest pain and symptoms of heart disease. It detects abnormalities and clogging and can even be used to check how well medicine or medical devices like pacemakers are working for patients.

The Bionet Cardio7 Interpretive ECG Machine is a monitoring system with both interpretation and reporting functionality. This high-quality equipment, which meets the newest FFA standards for ECG report submissions, comes with pediatric diagnosis and memory capacity for up to 120 patients. It also prints out the ECGs in multiple formats.

This easy-to-use ECG machine earns in a reimbursement of $16.84 and each test after initial purchase only costs your medical facility 89 cents. The test takes a mere five minutes to complete, helping both your staff and patients get the accurate answers they need more quickly.

Learn about additional features and benefits offered by the Bionet Cardio 7 and what materials are included with your purchase. Medical Device Depot helps quality medical practices like yours afford the best equipment available. Start browsing our selection of equipment and accessories today.

Get a better reading with an external electrocardiographic recording

An ECG or EKG may allow you to see your patient’s heart activity, but it provides only a glimpse of a bigger picture. Because abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms come and go throughout the day, a singular test won’t always show everything that is happening. In order to get the bigger picture, patients need to be recorded throughout an entire day. A holter monitor, or external electrocardiographic recording, is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records the heart’s activity continuously for 24 hours. It is essentially a portable ECG that allows you to watch a patient’s heart rate in real time as he or she moves through the day. It has wires with small electrodes that attach to the skin, so it offers a non-invasive test that can yield insightful results.

With each test you run, your practice will earn $125 in reimbursement. The disposable parts cost just $6 for each test, so you still keep a significant profit. Each individual test takes 3 minutes to hook up to the patient and then another 5 to 10 minutes to print and edit the report when the device is removed. The external electrocardiographic recording can be worn for up to 24 hours, monitoring the patient’s heart rate while he or she completes daily activities. The Nasiff CardioCard PC Based Holter ECG System is Medical Device Depot’s top pick when it comes to holter monitors. You can choose from five or seven leads and trust in the reliable and accurate reporting. The system is even EMR compatible (Allscripts MyWay, AthenaNet, Centricity, ChartMaker, eClinical Works, LytecMD, Medent, NextGen, Office Ally, OmniMed, PractiseFusion) and comes with a free database-management system, which integrates patient history so you can diagnose with confidence.

Long-Awaited EU Medical Device Legislation

It has been a long time coming, but the European Union has finally reformed the current medical device legislation. The whole ordeal started back in 2012 with two proposed regulations, one for medical devices and one for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). These new regulations were aimed at producing better quality and safety for patients. While scientific and technological advances has skyrocketed in previous years, medical device and IVD legislation has still lagged behind. The wait to bridge that gap is finally coming to an end after a long and difficult legislative process.

Manufacturers will now be scrutinized with stricter post-market surveillance requirements. The risks of any device must be offset by acceptable likelihood of benefits. Companies will be required to submit periodic safety update reports annually and respond to public health threats swiftly and with their full force. This model has worked well for pharmaceutical companies, so it is expected to translate well to medical devices.

Although some in the industry may disagree with these provisions, it is a sign of progress to finally be moving once again. With safety checks and surveillance requirements, devices like new EKG machines and dopplers will be ready for patient use. Give your patients the best possible care by purchasing through Medical Device Depot, which stays up to date on all of the latest rules, regulations and legislation in the industry.

Is it better to lease or to buy medical devices?

As you prepare to furnish your office with all of the necessary equipment and latest medical devices, you will need to decide if you want to lease or purchase your equipment outright. These big-ticket items aren’t cheap, and many of them are needed to run a successful practice. From EKG machines to stress test systems, all of your basic tests will require the latest devices and equipment to ensure accuracy and efficiency in making diagnoses.

It is important to figure out which type of payment works best for your practice so your attention can go toward your patients instead of your practice’s bottom line. What works best for one office may not work at all for another. Look forward to your plans for the future as well as your finances and see which option is the best fit.

So what are some benefits of each option?

Purchase

  • Tax incentives – Some device makers may have tax incentives to help make purchasing a big-ticket item more affordable.
  • Lower cost in the long run – If it is an item that you will use for a long time, purchasing the device will prove to be more affordable in the long term.
  • Use equipment on your own terms – There are not any regulations or rules regarding how to use equipment when you own it.

Lease

  • Stay up to date – Technology is always changing. Leasing will allow you to upgrade when new technology comes out without requiring you to take a large financial hit.
  • Less maintenance – The company that owns the equipment will handle maintenance and repairs, taking the worry off your plate.
  • Lower up-front cost – You can choose a payment plan that fits your budget.

Take a look at the selection of devices and furnishings at Medical Device Depot and see what devices you may need to add to your office.

Must-have items for your family practice

No matter what type of practice you have, there are a number of items that you simply cannot get by without. First there are the basic staples of every exam room, and then there are more specialized items that are necessary for each type of practice. Because family medicine focuses on comprehensive health care for people of all ages, it requires a level of wide-reaching generalization that many specialists do not offer. General practice doctors will always need the basic supplies that are necessary for a routine physical examination, but they will also need to have equipment for common diagnostic tests as well.

While family practitioners don’t need the specific high-tech equipment that specialists do, there are plenty of essentials that they cannot overlook. Make sure your office is outfitted with all of the most popular family practice products. You won’t be able to get by without these 7 items:

Both you and your patients will feel more confident when you have all the necessary equipment ready to go in your office. Whether you have been in practice for years or you are just getting your footing in the community, investing in high-quality equipment is essential to your job. Take inventory of your office and see if you are missing any of these items or if your old items are overdue for an upgrade.

EKG machine or an ECG machine?

Yes, they are the same thing. Both acronyms are short for electrocardiogram. But both terms are still used depending on where you are in the world.

Dutch Nobel Laureate Willem Einthoven, who was credited with inventing the machine in 1903, used the Dutch spelling of “elektrocardiogram,” which is where EKG may have stemmed from. Many places outside of the U.S. use the term “ECG,” but the U.S. is sticking with tradition.

While medical professionals or those who frequently work with medical professionals will know the difference, most people in the United States refer to it as an EKG machine. The term “EKG” has been accepted in part because “ECG” sounds too similar to EEG when spoken aloud. An EEG is an entirely different test, an electroencephalogram, which monitors electrical acitivity in the brain. To avoid any confusion or mix ups whenever possible, EKG has become the common term.

Take a look at the large selection of EKG or ECG Machines at Medical Device Depot. Whether your office is looking for a portable, PC-based or stand-alone machine, you will find the best brands all in one place. And if you need any assistance deciding, you can always call and speak to one of the knowledgeable representatives. No more dealing with representatives who are unsure whether EKGs and ECGs are two different machines.

FDA Information on EKG Machines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in charge of protecting public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of medical devices, among many other things. With their thorough monitoring, the FDA ensures that medical devices do their intended job. When a device or drug is approved, patients understand that they will be receiving quality health care that has been proven effective through numerous tests. The FDA either denies the device, approves the device after reviewing a premarket approval (PMA) application that has been submitted, or it “clears” a device after reviewing a premarket notification, otherwise known as a 510(k).

According to the FDA, “In order to acquire clearance to market a device using the 510(k) pathway, the submitter of the 510(k) must show that the medical device is ‘substantially equivalent’ to a device that is already legally marketed for the same use.” After thorough performance testing, the FDA will determine whether the machine is suitable for widespread use.

If you are in the market for a new EKG machine for your office, check out the large selection of FDA-approved EKG machinesEKG cables and sensors and a wide variety of other medical devices at Medical Device Depot to help enhance your practice and your patient experience.