Category Archives: PC Based EKG

Why choose a PC-based EKG?

When you choose a PC-based EKG, you leverage the power of a computer. These EKG systems take advantage of the PC’s unlimited storage capacity, large displays, standard printers and network connectivity, which are all limited or unavailable on the standalone systems.

The best systems integrate all primary tests for stress, Holter and resting, and offer built-in connectivity to a computer (or tablet) via Bluetooth, USB or both, as well as connectivity to a web portal (clinic locations can send EKGs to a central hospital).

7 advantages of PC-based EKG systems over standalone box units

• Ease of use: point and click, large display, standard printers
• Unlimited database
• No need for hardware upgrades. Upgrade via software.
• Use industry standard communication protocols between EKG and EMR
• Save money on paper, compared to thermal paper of standalone EKG systems
• Work with Windows PCs, Macs or tablets (iPad, Android and Windows tablets)
• Web portal

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.

Medical Device Depot – Manufacturer Spotlight: Nasiff

Nasiff Associates made its mark on the medical device world 27 years ago when it developed the world’s first PC-based resting electrocardiograph, allowing for the automatic recording of electrical heart activity via computer.

“Nobody else was doing that in a way that was useful in the clinical environment,” founder Roger E. Nasiff once told the Central New York Business Journal. “Cardiology is our center, because that’s where most people need help medically.”

The device greatly improved the efficiency of the ECG process, allowing for clearer definition of heart rhythm problems that might require a pacemaker or drug therapy along with secure databases and full networking capabilities. The data also began to assist with medical research. After that, the company developed a comparable product that worked with notebooks, followed by cardiology diagnostic machines adapted to wireless and mobile devices.

Since then the New York-based manufacturer has become a specialist in medical diagnostic and administration products that integrate into PCs. Its primary goal is creating a diverse line of U.S.-manufactured innovative devices that efficiently manage data at the point of care.

That line includes everything from defebrillators to electrosurgery tools to feeding pumps to ultrasound machines. Nasiff devices are used in a range of medical specialties extending from bariatric to ob/gyn to radiology to respiratory. The privately held company sells primarily through distributors but also ships directly worldwide, offering a best-price guarantee on all merchandise as well as free installation and training support.

Owner and CEO Nasiff, Ph.D. is a U.S. Air Force veteran and former engineer who’s been in the medical diagnostic field longer than 20 years.

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.

Bionet Cardio7 Comparison Chart

The Cardio7 ECG Monitoring System is Bionet’s latest innovation in ECG machine technology. This 12-channel PC-based interpretive resting ECG offers enhanced usability, data analysis and data management. With pediatric diagnosis, audible QRS, and a memory capability of up to 120 patients, this machine is suitable for a wide variety of clinical needs.

The Cardio7 offers several advanced features over the competition, including a bigger screen along with increased networking capability with USB memory and a barcode scanner.

Click here to view a market comparison chart highlighting the advantages of the Cardio7 over similar ECG machines.

For more information on the Cardio7, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot!

Nasiff Products Feature Bluetooth Functionality

Nasiff now offers Bluetooth functionality as an optional feature for their stress test and EKG machines. This offer applies to the following products:

Nasiff also includes free-online demos for their products! In less than five minutes you can view a comprehensive online demo for Nasiff devices.

For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Cardiac Science Winter 2012 Promotion

Cardiac Science announced a national CareCenter MD™ promotion running January 1 through March 31, 2012.

All Cardiac Science customers who purchase the CareCenter MD PC-ECG receive a free laptop computer valued at $780 or a rebate check of $300.

Cardiac Science develops and markets products under the Burdick, Criticare, Powerheart, and Quinton product names. For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.