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Choosing the right Holter system for your practice

With advances in mobile cardiac telemetry, more and more physicians are able to offer ambulatory cardiac monitoring. Not only are these services easier than ever to provide, but recent technology makes them more effective for patients experiencing cardiac issues.

But not all cardiac monitors work the same. So when you’re choosing an ambulatory ECG or Holter system, keep the following tips in mind.

You’ll need fast reporting:

CARDIOCARD_HOLTERThe Nasiff CardioCard PC-Based Holter ECG System connects to several EMR systems for efficient and accurate reporting. This system also offers practical software and database management systems with training, customer support and guaranteed quality.

 

You’ll need an easy-to-use system:

4-000-0110-2The Midmark IQholter Digital Holter w/ Recorder is engineered to a new standard for ease of use. Simply enter your patient’s demographics, select auto report, and start scanning. The system will automatically accept, reject or change classified occurrences throughout the entire program to affect further processing.

 

You’ll need complete accuracy:

Additionally, the Midmark IQholter Digital Holter w/ Recorder system has sophisticated digital filtering techniques to help eliminate errors due to noise. This means you can trust you’re getting an accurate report.

Once you decide on the right Holter system for your practice, head over to Medical Device Depot for prices that will fit your budget. Leasing is available on many of our models, so check out our vast selection today!

Does your office need a stress test system?

Patients who complain of chest pain or those who have a history of heart disease may require stress testing. A stress test system can be used to discover how the heart responds to exertion. Because exercise makes the heart pump harder, a stress test can reveal problems within the heart that may go undetected in a regular stationary checkup.

Stress tests help you:

  • Determine the likelihood of coronary artery disease.
  • Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a cardiac treatment plan.
  • Develop a safe exercise program for patients.

You can opt to install a stress cart like the Midmark version or a complete set like the Welch Allyn model. Each system will use some sort of cardio exercise to increase the patient’s heart rate and activate the respiratory system, but it is up to your practice to determine whether a treadmill or stationary bike is the best option. Many tests require only moderate movement, but some may require more vigorous exercise. For a truly accurate test, such as an electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure should be monitored.

On the other hand, if you rarely do stress tests at your location, it may make more sense to send patients to a specialist or to a hospital that is outfitted with the necessary equipment. Complete stress test systems can be paid for in payment plans, but they still require a large investment from your practice. If you do not frequently offer this type of test to patients, continuing to outsource the testing may be a wise financial decision.

If your practice would benefit from a stress test system, Medical Device Depot has many options available for you to consider, meaning you’ll no longer need to send patients elsewhere to have extra testing done. Instead, you can do it all in-house to provide a diagnosis quickly, allowing your patients to feel comfortable with the caretakers they know and trust.

Issues with medical device patent litigation

According to the National Law Review, the number of patent infringement disputes filed annually at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has more than tripled over the last 20 years. While this is not limited to medical devices, it certainly contains a good number of them. In a field where new innovations bring plenty of recognition, praise and good money, it is important to keep intellectual property safely under wraps. Medical device patents are not a new phenomenon, but with the growing number of suits, it is important to protect medical technology from the beginning.

According to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, U.S. intellectual property owners can seek exclusion orders that do not allow the importation of articles that infringe their patents or other intellectual property rights. If the case is won, the infringing product will not be allowed to cross the border into U.S. territory.

In order to prove a patent suit, the complaint must contain four things, according to the International Trade Commission Trail Lawyers Association:

  1. That articles are being imported into the United States
  2. That those articles infringe complainant’s patent or patents
  3. That the complaining company or its licensee has made sufficient economic investments in exploiting its patent in the United States to satisfy section 337’s definition of a “domestic industry”
  4. That the alleged unfair act has caused or threatens to cause injury

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