It’s easy to go on autopilot and stick with what works, and it can be costly to try new things. That’s why many manufacturers stay with the tried and true and try to avoid taking a hit in revenue. However, it’s important to remember that oftentimes the tried and true was at one time risky, innovative and costly. For example, many of the products offered at Medical Device Depot such as ventilators and blood pressure monitors, are considered commonplace and relatively inexpensive technologies in the medical world today; but they didn’t start out that way.
Fortunately, big players like Johnson & Johnson’s are able to stick their neck out and shake things up, which ends up benefitting users and manufacturers in the long run. As the world’s largest medical device company in terms of revenue, Johnson & Johnson is able to combine advances in technology with their strong partnerships to come up with new medical devices that will amaze the industry.
In March, the company announced a collaboration with Google to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform. This will combine medical devices with robotic systems, imaging and data analytics to streamline the surgical method. The company also announced it would team up with IBM’s new Watson Health business and Apple to create virtual coaching solutions on preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing joint replacement and spine surgeries. The aim is to eventually offer general wellness and chronic condition management as well.
By working in collaboration with other companies and manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson is able to offer new medical devices that other manufacturers have steered clear of in the past. With every innovation, there is a trial period to test for efficacy and safety, but it appears they just may be on the right track.
With almost a century of clinical diagnostic experience, Welch Allyn proudly offers the Welch Allyn Connex Integrated Wall System—an advanced vitals management and physical assessment solution that combines all necessary exam tools in one convenient system—allowing clinicians to take and electronically capture accurate patient vital signs and perform basic diagnostic exams.
The integration of vital signs
management and physical assessment tools in one system helps enhance clinical decision-making, improves patient safety and saves valuable time.
- Configure your wall system based on your workflow needs
- Eliminates frustrating and time-consuming searches for individual pieces of equipment throughout the facility
- Allows clinicians to immediately view all necessary patient data, then send it directly to an EHR system
- Prevents tools from being lost, stolen or misplaced
- Enhances the visibility of information to your patients and improves communication and compliance
- Saves valuable floor space and minimizes device wear and tear
- Provides accurate data every time, speeding decision-making and improving patient safety
For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Did you know that your blood pressure
can alter at the drop of a hat? KevinMD notes a few easy tips that will help you get an accurate blood pressure reading during your next visit to the Doctor’s Office:
- Insist on being seated for at least 3 minutes before your pressure is taken. Even walking from the waiting room back into an examining room will briefly increase your blood pressure.
- Take several deep, relaxed breaths in and out before the doctor begins to check your blood pressure.
- Relax all your muscles, particularly focusing on the tightness in your neck and shoulders.
Having the right equipment is important as well. Check to make sure that your blood pressure monitor and accessories are up to date. For more information on blood pressure monitors, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors are used for many things, though a recent report shows that these machines are the most the most cost-effective way to confirm a hypertension diagnosis before starting treatment. Because of this, organizations such as the American Heart Association are now recommending home monitoring for newly diagnosed or suspected hypertension with ambulatory monitoring reserved for equivocal cases to help establish the diagnosis.
CPT Code 93784: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system suchas magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report hold a $64.59 national Average reimbursement.
For more information on ABPM’s or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Welch Allyn recently released its CardioPerfect™ Workstation (CPWS) software version 1.6.4, the next generation of its electronic health record (EHR)-ready software that allows digital storage and more efficient review of diagnostic test data from a variety of different electronic devices. The upgrade expands and simplifies the ability to perform spirometry testing in medical practices working in thin-client environments. In addition, the updated spirometry module improves the clinician’s ability to comply with the latest guidelines of the American Thoracic Society by providing enhanced real-time quality feedback for both adult and pediatric patients.
For more information on this product, or to make a purchase, please call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
The below worksheet by Cardiac Science details medicare payment rates. These rates cover a wide variety of medical equipment sold by Medical Device Depot, including:
For more information on these products or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Estimated 2011 Medicare Payment Rates
According to this article from MedPageToday, Ambulatory BP monitoring is the best way to diagnose hypertension. Medical Device Depot sells many devices that can be used to perform this procedure. For more information on BP monitoring and other medical equipment call us at 877-646-3300.
As KevinMD reports, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recently revised its Statement on Interventional Pain Medicine. These new guidelines will help provide better care and safety when dealing with patients who suffer from pain. It will also help when administering tests dealing with blood pressure.
One safe and effective way to help diagnose pain is with the Axon-II Neural Scanner. This device provides an affordable, reliable (95% + accurate) and highly reimbursable method of pain testing that can easily be administered by any medical personnel.
For more information on the Axon-II, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Nearly 1 in 3 American Adults (about 65 million) has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. The good news is that it can be treated and controlled. Many people get high blood pressure as they get older. Over half of all Americans aged 60 and older have high blood pressure. This is not a part of healthy aging!
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of your body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats (about 60-70 times a minute at rest), it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic (sis-TOL-ik) pressure. When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastollic (di-a-STOL-ik) pressure. Blood pressure is always given at these two number, the systolic and diastollic pressures. Both are important.
For more information on blood pressure management devices or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.