GE's First Portable ECG, Medical Texting System Arrives in U.S


March 13, 2009

GE Healthcare’s portable MAC 800 ECG system is based on cell phone technology to help deliver fast ECG information in multiple formats for better interoperability from remote locations.

The system combines the keypad of a phone with a full-size color display and diagnostic software. MAC 800 has the features of a full size, 65-pound ECG device, engineered down to under seven pounds, battery included. The unit’s integrated carrying handle enables clinicians to carry it like a briefcase, expanding access to care, regardless of patient location. Its lithium ion battery keeps it running for roughly two hours. The batteries take four hours to recharge.

MAC 800 helps with connectivity through its multiple communication options, including LAN, modem, SD card and serial port to store and send ECG data from any location. Additionally, MAC 800 offers the option of a PDF or XML output. The MAC 800 also connects seamlessly to a variety of vendors’ EMR solutions via Cardiosoft, GE’s cardiology information software system.

The system was FDA cleared in March 2009.